Not surprisingly, a big green salad was a popular choice among dietitians. Here were some of their recommendations:
- A bean salad with cannellini beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, feta, and parsley, plus a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. Registered dietitian Adrianne Delgado, LDN, nutrition manager at BodyMetrix, said she likes this protein-rich bean salad because she can meal prep a week's worth and eat it on a bed of greens, with pita chips, or scoop it out as is with a fork.
- Vegetable salad with chicken and almond flour crackers. Registered dietitian Jackie Elnahar recommends this simple salad as a nutritious lunch option, with veggies like spinach and tomatoes, plus a light Dijon and olive oil dressing. "Almonds and walnuts are great to add for fiber," she said.