Loser’s Jillian Michaels – Shame on you for this recipe

Jillian usually pushes healthy eating but this salad has enough salt to meet my daily limit, along with that of others on a salt restricted diet. Even if you’re not on a low- or no-salt diet, it has way too much salt

Biggest Losers’ trainer Jillian Michaels has always been my favorite on that show. If I need to work out, I wouldn’t opt for Zen-man Bob or any of the other trainers who have come and gone on there, I’d pick drill sergeant Jillian to get things done as quickly as possible.

I’ve subscribed to an e-newsletter she does for years and often found useful advice there and on her website.

Salads can be minefields of salt if you're not careful.
Salads can be minefields of salt if you’re not careful.

But a recipe she sent out recently under the subject line “The easiest on-the-go lunch” shocked me. Jillian usually pushes healthy eating but this salad has enough salt to meet my daily limit, along with that of others on a salt restricted diet. Even if you’re not on a low- or no-salt diet, it has way too much salt, 1,397 mgs, more than half of the 2000 mgs recommended for the average person.

Here is the nutrition info copied from her site:
Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 287
Total Fat: 13 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 55 mg
Sodium: 1397 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 16 g
Dietary Fiber: 5 g
Protein: 29 g

The 13 grams of fat upsets me too, given that I’m limited to 40 grams a day. It likely comes from the Feta cheese used on this Greek salad. The salt is in the cheese as well as in the olives and perhaps in the vinaigrette as well.

Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients
• 1 1/2 cups lettuce, packaged mixed greens
• 1 cup organic cherry tomatoes, halved
• 3 ounces organic grilled-chicken-breast strips
• 1/4 cup low fat feta cheese, crumbled
• 5 large black olives
• 1/2 small red onion, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices and separated into rings
• 2 tablespoons fat-free red-wine vinaigrette

My suggestion, if you want this, is to make it with fat-free cheese and low-salt olives, two items I’ve found in my hunt for healthier eating.
Shame on you Jillian.
John

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