Mum and I went to Carluccios at the weekend. I usually avoid eating out because of my strict approach to my diet but a while ago I discovered they did some simple salads on their side dish menu. These seemed not too risky in terms of hidden ingredients.
So I ordered a bowl of queen green olives in brine and a tomato and red onion salad. It was really lovely. It got me thinking about the simplicity of really delicious food. The tomatoes were gorgeous and sweet and with some flaked sea salt and onion adding to the flavour. The olives seemed really fresh and it was really nice to have them without a heavy oil coating. It was a real success.
I often try to recreate this sort of simple food at home. I find red onion is a great addition because it adds that extra taste that makes me feel satisfied. It leaves a taste in my mouth – almost in the same way as a bag of crisps would have done before my diet took hold. The lingering flavour in my mouth is actually really enjoyable.
This sort of salad doesn’t need any special ingredients and is ready in minutes. Next time you are thinking about reaching for a bag of crisps try this as a snack instead. So healthy, barely any calories and it tastes great.
Whilst you eat your salad try being mindful…
Look at the food before you eat it, appreciate the lovely colours.
Smell the food before you eat it.
Put some food into your mouth but let the flavour soak into your tongue before you slowly chew – you will be amazed at the intensity of this experience.
Continue to notice the taste in your mouth when you finish.
When you eat a really healthy snack it gives you a real mood boost. You feel good for making such a good choice and for looking after your body. Your mind feels clear as you aren’t weighed down by food guilt. Give it a go, there really is nothing to loose.