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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Salad Bar Love




Yesterday I ate BOTH of these salads for lunch!  Yes, all true, and all made possible by the beloved salad bar, replete with options and "all you can eat" encouragement.
  
I have always been a salad bar lover.   Way back in the days my favorite was at Pizza Hut!  Do they even still do that?  My brother would laugh at me and my love of what I called "The Crunchy Salad" which was basically some greens and tomatoes topped with hard boiled eggs, shredded cheddar and everything crunchy: Bacon Bits, Croutons, Chinese Noodles, Seeds...  Obviously my healthy eating habits have come a long way!   But my love for the salad bar and picking and choosing, not to mention 'all you can eat', has never wavered.

So today I want to give a shout out to Ruby Tuesdays and their new Garden Bar for continuing the salad bar tradition, and recently improving and increasing the delicious and healthy options!  

I was there yesterday and for $10 I enjoyed two salads filled with veggies and low fat proteins, as pictured above.  I left feeling good and full, but not bloated or needing a nap, as I did a good job avoiding the simple carbs available: the pasta salad, croutons and fancy crackers were not needed or missed!

It's still love some crunch on my salad, and in this case the flavorful seed mixture did the trick.   Can't wait to do it again soon!

Trying to remember all the ingredients I had is hard a day later and not everything is visible from the picture because I really loaded up the plates :)   

My go to's:  Lettuce, Tomatoes, Carrots, Red Onions, Mushrooms, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Hard Boiled Eggs, Sweet Green Peas, Sunflower Seeds

New exciting stuff:  Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Roasted Zucchini, Flavorful Seed Mixture, Hummus, Fresh Salsa

There are 55 ingredients in all!  And if you are wondering, no, I'm not being compensated by Ruby Tuesdays, I simply want to spread the word to ensure it continues, because it's my favorite salad bar option outside my own home!

Enjoy :)

PS.  They offer lots of coupons, so grab one before you go!