Summer is in full swing, which means we’re spending more time outdoors, getting more active and soaking in some well-deserved vitamin D.
With all this extra energy we’re burning off, and with little time to think about what meal to cook, it’s important to make our nutrition a priority.
Our bodies require more hydration than usual (don’t forget those electrolytes!) and we also naturally crave lighter fare when the temperature rises. It’s a common misconception that salad can’t be hearty and filling. The key to creating a hearty salad that will keep you full all day long is all about packing it with filling nutrients like fibre, healthy fats and protein!
Veggies, whole grains and beans are great salad ingredients to ramp up the fibre. When it comes to boosting your salad with protein and heart-healthy fats, it’s hard to beat eggs! A serving of two large eggs provides 13 grams of protein and a ton of flavour. They’re the perfect topper to add some sustenance to your summer lunch or even dinner.
Here are some of our favourite Hearty Salad Recipes featuring eggs that not only will keep you going all day, but are also freakin’ delicious.
Quinoa and greens make for the ultimate superfood salad. The lemon and dill in the dressing adds brightness to the dish and a dynamic flavour that will thrill your taste-buds. Thinly sliced radishes add a satisfying crunch and when paired with protein-packed eggs and quinoa, this salad will keep your belly happy so you can focus on tackling everything on your to-do list.
This salad screams freshness through and through. Did you know, studies show that our bodies better absorb nutrients from veggies when eggs are eaten with them? This is due to the healthy fats in eggs that help your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants in the veg. This salad is packed with fresh baby spinach for a dose of vitamins A, E and K, and a hardboiled egg is the key ingredient to keep those essential nutrients working hard inside your body! With a vinaigrette that you can make yourself, this easy pack and go salad is the perfect feel good meal.
A staple meal for all midday brunch-goers, Huevos Rancheros is the quintessential balanced, yet satisfying meal. And now you can make it as a salad. This classic Mexican breakfast is transformed into a hearty and satisfying salad for any time of day, dressed with a sweet and tangy lime vinaigrette with a kick. Eggs and black beans are the star ingredients that boost the protein content in this salad to 18 grams in a serving.
Can you say yum? If you’re a fan of root veggies, this is the one for you. In only 25 minutes, this hearty salad with kale and roasted vegetables becomes a complete, delicious and nutritious meal. As a bonus, you can customize your fried eggs, whether you like them sunny side up or over easy. For more protein-filled, easy recipe inspo visit eggs.ca or check out Get Cracking on Instagram or Facebook.
This article was created in partnership with Get Cracking.