Fast Day Turkey Taco Salad

Taco Salad for fewer than 325 calories? Think that’s as preposterous as we do? Join Susie T. of Fast Days Healing Days to uncover how she creates a hearty Fast Day (FD) Turkey Taco Salad that gives satisfaction and flavor in every bite. Enjoy your Fast Days (FDs)!

 

 

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Turkey Taco Salad–Fast Day (FD) meal approved! Oh heck, enjoy on a non-fast day (aka UD), too! Filled with flavor, not guilt!

 

Any salad that tastes this good should have a name much cooler than the simple, Fast Day Turkey Taco Salad. In a word, the salad hits all the hot spots and satisfies like a salad twice its caloric content! It packs a wallop of flavor, while fitting perfectly within a Fast Day (FD) calorie budget (FDB or Fast Day Budget).

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Fast Day Turkey Taco Salad is perfect for Fast Days (FDs) and non-fast Days (UDs) and won’t leave you feeling heavy or sleepy!

When you think of salads, you might be tempted to think of pale, anemic, lettuce-filled, limp-on-taste salads that leave you hanging. They promise reward and satiety and by the time you finish chewing you’re like, “Meh. I could eat.”

The problem with salads like I just described is they lack flavor components and the necessary fat to carry those flavors to your palate, then onward to the moon, Alice—or rather—to the brain. It’s like eating a bowl of sawdust, for which you will still experience an insulin response because of the sheer bulk of the sawdust, but without any of the soul-satisfying flavor necessary to extinguish cravings. That’s right, you won’t feel the pleasure or food reward from eating it, because it’s tasteless and blah—and if you’re like us, deprivation, rebellion and temper tantrums will ensue if something isn’t done to mitigate that diet dissatisfaction.

 

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Turkey Taco Meat

The opposite problem can also be true of salads. We “think” we’re eating healthy—cuz, come on, it’s salad. Right? Not so fast, Superman. Although leafy greens are fantastic for our bodies, containing vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and soluble/insoluble fiber, and although they represent an incredible BFYCB (Bang-for-Your-Calorie-Buck), they’re just a flavor delivery system. It’s all the toppings and add-ons that rest on top of that bed of leafy greens that really contain the flavor. And the calories. It’s not unusual for a fully-loaded salad with dressing to have 700-1200 calories. No, I am not lyin’!

So it’s with great pleasure Fast Days Healing Days brings you a desceptively simple and humble Turkey Taco Salad, filled with flavor, deep-nutrition, and an incredible ROI in terms of BFYCB! Also, if you want to have a little something on the side, like a tortilla, they’re totally Fast Day (FD) do-able with our Psylli Wraps.

Hope you enjoy and let us know how you like it. Leave us a love note in the comment section located directly under the post title! And don’t forget to share with your friends on facebook, twitter and pinterest! Muchas gracias mi amigo y amiga!

 

Fast Day Turkey Taco Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 1 Serving

Serving Size: 1 Big Salad

Calories per serving: 323

Fast Day Turkey Taco Salad

Taco Salad for fewer than 325 calories? Think that’s as preposterous as we do? Join Susie T. of Fast Days Healing Days to uncover how she creates a hearty Fast Day (FD) Turkey Taco Salad that gives satisfaction and flavor in every bite. Enjoy your Fast Days (FDs)!

Ingredients

3 cups romaine hearts -- chopped or torn
1 ounce grape tomatoes -- halved or quartered
1/3 cup cucumbers -- peeled and diced
1/2 ounce reduced fat mozzarella cheese shreds
1/2 ounce reduced fat cheddar cheese
1 ounce avocado
2 tablespoons sour cream, fat free, Lilly

Instructions

    Toss romaine, grape tomatoes and cucumbers with 1-2 teaspoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Season with kosher or sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place in the bottom of the bowl.
    Top salad with your choice of Turkey Taco Meat, up to 1 ounce of reduced fat shredded cheese--we love a combination of reduced fat mozzarella and cheddar cheese shreds, diced avocado, fat free sour cream or nonfat Greek yogurt and a few California ripe olives are a great addition. Top with salsa.

Notes

One of the things that keep the calories contained in this filling, main course salad is the absence of salad dressing and other higher fat nuts, seeds and high carb croutons. Those additions add up quickly taking a salad from healthy to OTT (Over-The-Top). There is still plenty of naturally-occurring fat in the cheese, avocados and olives to facilitate the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. I save my high fat salad toppings and full-fat homemade dressings for non-fast days, because they add excellent healing nutrition and help carry fat soluble vitamins to your cells. And I just pretend I've never heard of high carb additions such as croutons, unless they are the low carb variety for which Fluffy Chix Cook is well-known.

Serving Ideas Serve with a huge glass of iced hibiscus tea!

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 323 Calories; 11g Fat (30.5% calories from fat); 36g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 57mg Cholesterol; 16g Net Carbohydrate

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Author: Susie T. Gibbs

SusieT is passionately committed to seeking studies and research detailing the most effective strategies for killing inflammation, boosting health, increasing energy and expanding longevity through nutrition. Seeking health through ancestral principles and making darn good food while traveling along life’s path to better health occupies a key place in her personal food philosophy. SusieT develops recipes and writes about cooking, food, health and nutrition news. Find her latest work in CarbSmart Magazine, a digital magazine from the leaders in low carbohydrate information. A two-year survivor from late stage, hormone-positive breast cancer, SusieT encourages everyone to meet their kitchen and begin a love affair with life and cooking good, clean, nourishing meals. The life you save could be your own. Email SusieT with questions and suggestions for new 5:2 and 4:3 ADF/EOD recipes.

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