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Discussion in 'Slimming World Teams & Challenges' started by Opal_Lily, 27 March 2014 Social URL.

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  1. Opal_Lily

    Opal_Lily Gold Member

    Hello lovelies!

    A few of us amongst our own food diary threads have decided to do a salad challenge! I cannot take credit for this idea, it all comes from the lovely Kay (I've also pinched some her text and copy and pasted below) :)

    I thought it would be best to start a thread so we can post our ideas/progress/results and give others the opportunity to take part if they like.

    The challenge lasts a week and the rules are very straightforward;
    - one of your main meals each day has to be salad, it cannot be a side to go with a main course, it has to be your main meal
    - min of 2L of water a day
    - as low salt as possible throughout the week
    - as low carbs as possible (red days work better with this challenge)
    - lots of protein and fresh fruit and veg
    - add some body magic to the week, even light walking, at least 2-3 times in the week as a minimum

    Feel free to join in the challenge and adapt it to what suits you best :)Make sure you add lots of variety so you don't get bored by day 4! Some suggestions for salads could be based around the following ingredients to keep it interesting (you can add your own choices too) :-
    - egg salad
    - bean salad
    - tofu salad
    - tuna salad
    - salmon salad
    - chicken salad
    - lentil salad

    You should bulk these up with lots of leafy veg. Make sure you syn any dressings but some ideas for low syn or syn free dressing are the kraft light dressings (they have quite a variety), vinaigrettes, balsamic vinegar etc. You could also add croutons, breadsticks etc. but bear in mind that these will need to be synned and can be quite high on red days as the idea is to keep carbs to a minimum with the meals being bulked out with plenty of protein and salad.

    These are just some ideas, adapt it to what suits you and you can always change things as you go along in the week.

    Let's kick some butt with this challenge and get lean for the summer! :greenapple:
    Last edited: 27 March 2014
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  3. *Emsie*

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  4. becki2009

    becki2009 Gold Member

    Im in! But need to go to the shops first as i have no salad so not sure when i will start it. Post pics people!!
  5. JessyG24

    JessyG24 Gold Member

    I'm in! So far this week salad wise I have had:

    Monday - Chargrilled chicken salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, chicken, balasmic dressing)
    Tuesday - Feta and Tuna salad (rocket, tomato, cucumber, mushroom, yellow pepper, beetroot, feta, tuna, chili balsamic dressing)
    Wednesday - Feta salad (rocket, tomato, cucumber, mushroom, red pepper, beetroot, feta, rosemary balsamic dressing)
    Thursday - Feta and Tuna salad (rocket, tomato, cucumber, mushroom, beetroot, feta, tuna, balsamic dressing)
    Friday - I am going to have a subway salad :)

    I know that they are all a bit standard but I had bought the stuff for them before the challenge! I think i'll do this next week too and make some exciting ones, inspired by you lovely people :)

    Not sure I will manage this at the weekend though; going home for mother's day

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  6. Opal_Lily

    Opal_Lily Gold Member

    I have been super disorganised this week so have been having to buy salads out for lunches!

    Yesterday I had a subway salad with ham, turkey, and honey mustard dressing (I counted 3 syns for the dressing and a few olives)


    Today I picked up a lovely salad in M&S for lunch for only 1.5 syns!


    Can't wait to have a proper research tomorrow and make some yummy salads for over the weekend and next week. I always find BBC Good Food website has some fab ideas! I made a lovely warm potato and roasted red pepper salad a few weeks ago which I might make again and bulk out with lots of leafy veg. I also made a lovely beetroot salsa which could be bulked out too and was amazingly tasty! I'm drooling just thinking about them!!xx
  7. JessyG24

    JessyG24 Gold Member

    Beetroot salsa?!?! sounds amaze! details please! xxxx
  8. JessyG24

    JessyG24 Gold Member

    Just remembered the August 2013 slimming world magazine has some amazing salads in! I will hunt it out tonight and re-share them on here!

  9. Opal_Lily

    Opal_Lily Gold Member

    The recipe for beetroot salsa I had as part of fish week, it is here and easily amended for SW if you want to keep it syn-free - Spiced mackerel on toast with beetroot salsa | BBC Good Food

    The recipe for the warm potato and red pepper salsa was also part of fish week and is yummmm too! - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/487632/grilled-fish-with-new-potato-red-pepper-and-olive-

    A good snoop on that website is defo recommended! x
  10. Tiger-lilly

    Tiger-lilly Silver Member

    Sounds good. Better go shopping then!

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  11. Kay003

    Kay003 Gold Member

    Found you, glad you lovely ladies are all on board with my salad challenge, hope it all works for you :D ! Any questions, feel free to ask me.

    Kay xx
  12. coughdrops

    coughdrops Silver Member

    I might try this, my lunches are getting boring so I could do with jazzing them up.

    Never thought I'd be calling salad "jazzy"
  13. Kay003

    Kay003 Gold Member

    Would be good to have you onboard my salad challenge Niamh, just trying to get the title of this thread changed, back soon ...

    Kay xx
  14. becki2009

    becki2009 Gold Member

    Can i ask is it specifically water we have to drink or is sugar free squash ok?
  15. Kay003

    Kay003 Gold Member

    Hi Becks, yep you can have nas squash , but try and stay away from carbonated drinks if possible, they don't count in the 2L allowance. Hope this helps hun. :)

    Kay xx
  16. Kay003

    Kay003 Gold Member

    Just an update from me everyone ... :)

    I hope you are all enjoying the challenge and doing well on it. Opal Lily was kind enough to post up my guidelines on the salad challenge, but I would like to add a very important point.

    This challenge is not just about eating salads, you have to make sure you are following all the points listed below on a daily basis, for 7 days for it to work !

    - make sure you are drinking 2L of water min a day (nas squash is fine, avoid carbonated drinks if possible they do not count in the water allowance)
    - body magic, 2/3 times in the week for 30 minutes min,
    - lower your salt intake in the week
    - keep carbs to a minimum (avoid potatoes, pasta, noodles, rice if possible) red days work better
    - in your salads eat more leafy green veg,
    - use fat free dressings
    - salad has to be one of your main meals in the day (as a maincourse)
    - no more than 10 syns a day (even on days out)

    If you haven't been following all of the above then I can't say whether just eating salads everyday of the week will make a difference. If you can't be asked with all the above and just want to enjoy eating your salads everyday then feel free to do so :D but that's not what this challenge is about, it has to be a combination of the above for it to work :).

    Hope you all have a fab week ahead. There is a bunch of us that started this last week that will soon descend on here lol with all their pretty pictures. Hope you all have a strong pair of teeth, there is lots of chewing involved in this challenge lol :D.

    Kay xx
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  17. *Emsie*

    *Emsie* Gold Member

    I think I'll just try and do the salads as not sure am up for the rest of it but be interesting to see how people get on!
  18. Kay003

    Kay003 Gold Member

    Thanks for dropping by Emsie, a group of us started it last week, will post up our results next week ! :p Enjoy your salads hun.

    Kay xx
  19. mariavon

    mariavon Gold Member

    Day 3 salad challenge

    lettuce, cucumber, red onion, sweetcorn, green pepper , tomatoes boiled a couple of eggs and sliced them on top , added splash of balsamic vinegar ,
    was very tasty,
    think tomorrows might be a mixed bean salad of some description,
    loving these challenges ,
    managed to drink all the water today :)
  20. Kay003

    Kay003 Gold Member

    TODAYS EATS TUESDAY 25th March 2014



    Breakfast -
    (None - weigh in this morning)

    Lunch -
    Veg stir fry - free
    (oriental mix from asda)

    Dinner -
    Chargrilled Haddock fillet with Salad


    (cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, gem lettuce, celery, radish, carrots)
    marinade - 2 tbsps. nandos lemon & herb - 2 syns

    Dessert -
    mixed fruit salad - free


    (apples, pears, tangerines, summer fruits)

    Drinks -
    x2 Lemon Zest Tea
    x2 Camomile & Spiced Apple Tea
    x1 Ginger Tea
    3L of Water

    Body Magic - 1 hour walk in the park

    TOTAL SYNS = 2 :)
    Last edited: 27 March 2014
  21. Kay003

    Kay003 Gold Member

    TODAYS EATS Wednesday 26th March 2014



    Breakfast -
    x1 tangerine
    x2 apples

    Lunch -
    Egg Salad
    (egg, cherry tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, cucumber, celery, carrots, radish, sweetcorn) - free
    x2 tbsp. Asda Ex L Mayo - 2 syns
    Olives - 1 syn

    Dinner -
    Chinese Veg Stir Fry - free

    Drinks -
    x2 peppermint tea
    x2 lemon zest tea
    x1 ginger tea
    3L of water

    1 hour body magic - done

    TOTAL SYNS = 3 :)
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