Try something a little different

During January more people than ever are trying to lose the Christmas pounds, and salad is the obvious option.
During January more people than ever are trying to lose the Christmas pounds, and salad is the obvious option.
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When many people decide that they’ve put on too much weight and that those jeans are getting a tad tight, they go on a diet.

And often that means cutting down on fatty food and opting for salad instead.

But the prospect of just iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber can seem a little boring. So, along with the new year, it’s time to try out some new flavours.

Barbara Crick, who runs Emsworth Cookery School, says: ‘You have to make sure there’s variety. You can choose a base like spinach.

‘It’s full of calcium, iron and magnesium, so it’s really good for you and tastes different to the normal lettuce.’

But be sure to avoid fatty sauces like mayonnaise.

Barbara explains: ‘You can make your own vinaigrette to go with salads which are much tastier. Get a jar and put in two parts oil to one part vinegar.

‘Then add things like dried herbs and garlic, and shake it. Also, rapeseed oil is good to have in salads too because it has a lot of Omega 3 in it, which is in some fish.’