We’ve all been there: it’s 3pm in the office, and you’re predictably hangry. Somehow you happen to find yourself in front of the pastry box/vending machine/free candy…and before you can say “salad spinner” you have inhaled all of the things and are riding the satisfaction high, on your way to a hard sugar crash.
How can this be avoided? What magical elixir exists to get you through such times? (Hint: the answer is not Five Hour Energy).
It’s what adults add to salads. It’s what transforms a salad from a sad side dish into a nutritional powerhouse. By adding satisfying and filling protein to your lunchtime salads, you will tackle your afternoon #likeaboss.
And while chicken has always been salad’s favorite child, there are a smorgasbord of other delicious proteins you can rock the afternoon with. Whether you’re paleo or plant-based, there are types of protein for all ways of eating; mix and match sources until you hit your hangry-no-more amount. Here are a few of our favorites:
Here are a few more to round out our all-star list of salad proteins:
Salad Pro-Tip: to keep things simple, we like to batch-cook a couple of types of protein over the weekend and use them throughout the week.
Pork loin or tenderloin
Eggs / Dairy:
Looking for more about buying salad ingredients:
Where to Buy Salad Ingredients
The Loveleaf Guide to Salad Greens
Fully Stocked: Essential Salad Ingredients for the Pantry
How to #Own Your Grocery Budget