12 Foods to Make the Ultimate Guy’s Salad

Thought this was a great article from Men’s Health.  They call it the Ultimate Guy’s Salad, but, of course, it works for women too!  Below I have added a salad recipe with  some of the ingredients they recommend….

12 Foods to Make the Ultimate Guy’s Salad

If a colorful diet is a healthy one, it’s easy to see why the right salad is a potential lifesaver. Sure, Centrum is fine in a pinch, but the best way to get your essential vitamins and antioxidants is straight from the source.

A recent study conducted by the Louisiana State University School of Public Health found that men who eat a salad a day are more likely to get their recommended daily intake of many essential nutrients. What’s more, the study authors note that men who eat more than 60 grams of vegetables a day increase their life span by 2 years.

Try this nutrient-filled smorgasbord. It’s not only great for you, but it will also leave you feeling as if you’ve eaten a real meal.


One cup of spinach gives you 58 micrograms (mcg) of folate. According to a study in the journal Stroke, consuming at least 300 mcg of folate a day reduces your risk of having a stroke by 20 percent and decreases your risk of developing heart disease by 13 percent. Other studies have found that folate helps protect against both Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Other nutrients: fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, and potassium

Disease-fighting power: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, diabetes, weight gain, hypertension, and depression


You get 294 milligrams (mg) of potassium in just three spears. According to Mayo Clinic researchers, potassium counteracts the effects of sodium by dilating blood vessels and increasing the amount of sodium excreted in your urine, thus lowering blood pressure and protecting against stroke.

Other nutrients: calcium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and lutein and zeaxanthin

Disease-fighting power: heart disease, hypertension, cancer, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and weight gain

Red Kidney Beans

A quarter cup of red kidney beans gives you 6,630 ­disease-fighting antioxidants, plus a full 3 grams of fiber. According to the American Dietetic Association, dietary fiber lowers blood cholesterol levels and helps normalize blood glucose and insulin levels, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.

Other nutrients: protein and folate

Disease-fighting power:
heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s

Yellow Bell Peppers

Four strips of yellow bell pepper provide 48 mg of free-radical-fighting vitamin C (free radicals are rogue molecules that can damage cells and lead to cancer). According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, levels of C-reactive protein—a blood marker for inflammation linked to heart disease—can be decreased by 24 percent if you consume 500 mg of vitamin C a day. Plus, nutrition researchers from Arizona State University reported that vitamin C can help with weight loss by assisting in fat oxidation, or the body’s ability to burn fat.

Other nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium

Disease-fighting power: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, weight gain, and hypertension

Swiss Cheese

Four cubes of Swiss cheese provide 476 mg of calcium and 26 IU of vitamin D. In a 20-year study, British researchers determined that men who consume more than 67 IU of vitamin D and 190 mg of calcium a day have half the risk of stroke of men who consume less. Vitamin D has also been associated with a decrease in the risk of pancreatic, prostate, and testicular cancers. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that men with higher blood levels of vitamin D had a 17 percent reduction in total cancer incidence and a 29 percent reduction in total cancer deaths.

Other nutrients: protein and vitamin B12

Disease-fighting power: osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and stroke


Carrots are one of the richest sources of pro–vitamin A carotenoids, plant compounds that provide color and function as antioxidants. Just a quarter cup of shredded carrots provides 2,279 mcg of beta-carotene and 4,623 IU of vitamin A. According to a study in the journal Thorax, beta-carotene can slow the age-related decline of lung power. Vitamin A has also been shown to improve vision, bone growth, and cell division; help regulate the immune system; and decrease the risk of lung cancer.

Other nutrients: vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and potassium

Disease-fighting power: cancer, osteoporosis, weight gain, and hypertension

EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar

One tablespoon of olive oil delivers 10 grams of monounsaturated fat. Research shows that men with diets high in monounsaturated fat have higher testosterone levels than those who don’t. Antioxidant-rich balsamic vinegar can improve vascular function when ingested with a high-fat food like olive oil, which contributes to a reduction in the risk of heart disease.

Disease-fighting power: Adding olive oil to red, green, orange, or yellow fruits and vegetables increases the amount of heart-saving, cancer-fighting, vision-boosting, immune-repairing, bone-strengthening vitamins such as A, E, and K, as well as carotenoids

Sunflower Seeds and Flaxseeds

One tablespoon of sunflower seeds provides 8.35 mcg of selenium. Harvard researchers discovered that men with high levels of selenium have a 49 percent lower incidence of advanced prostate cancer than those with the lowest levels. One tablespoon of flaxseeds will give you 2.3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, which are linked to reduced risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression. They have also been shown to inhibit ­cancer-cell growth.

Other nutrients:
vitamin E and fiber

Disease-fighting power: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression, and diabetes


One tablespoon of almonds provides 2.2 grams of alpha-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E, which reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, according to a National Institute on Aging study. Another study showed that people who were clinically depressed had lower levels of alpha-tocopherol than their happy peers. Vitamin E also fights free-radical damage.

Other nutrients: monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber

Disease-fighting power: Alzheimer’s, depression, cancer, heart disease, and diabete


Four cherry tomatoes will give you 1,748 mcg of lycopene. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that increasing dietary lycopene intake to 30 mg reduces oxidative DNA damage to prostate tissues and decreases PSA levels.

Other nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and potassium

Disease-fighting power: cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension

Chunk Light Tuna

Tuna, one of the best sources of protein, contains no trans fat, and a three-ounce serving of chunk light contains 11 mg of heart-healthy niacin, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol and help your body process fat. University of Rochester researchers determined that niacin raises HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and lowers triglycerides more than most statins alone.

Other nutrients: protein, selenium, and vitamin B12

Disease-fighting power: heart disease and diabetes

Red Leaf Lettuce

Four leaves of red-leaf lettuce contain 1,213 mcg of antioxidants, 96 mcg of vitamin K (which has been shown to maintain bone mass), and 1,172 mcg of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. The National Institutes of Health found that lutein and zeaxanthin can decrease your risk of developing macular degeneration by 43 percent.

Other nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, and potassium

Disease-fighting power: osteoporosis, macular degeneration, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, and weight gain

 Broccoli Salad with Caramelized Onions and Toasted Almonds

Serving Size  : 4    
 2/3  cup           yellow onion, finely chopped
 1/4  cup           balsamic vinegar
 2/3  cup           water
 1      teaspoon  agave or honey (optional)
 4      cups          broccoli florets (about 12 ounces)
 1      tablespoon    extra virgin olive oil
1/2  teaspoon      sea salt
1/4  teaspoon      freshly ground black pepper
2      tablespoons  almonds, toasted (for garnish)
1      tablespoon    fresh lemon peel, grated

1. In a saucepan, place onion, vinegar, water and sweetener.  Bring to a
boil and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, or until liquids have nearly
evaporated.  Watch carefully so mixture does not burn.  Let cool.

2. Bring a pan of salted water to boil and blanche broccoli for 3 minutes or
until it turns bright green.  Immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water.
Drain and transfer to a mixing bowl.

3. Drizzle oil over broccoli and toss lightly.  Add onions and toss again.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Divide among four plates and sprinkle
with almonds and lemon peel.

Author Note: Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins A, B and C, as well
as iron and potassium. Its powerful antioxidants help prevent carcinogens
from forming.
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Need more salad ideas or help with planning meals, contact wendy@fitfoodcoach.com

2 responses to this post.

  1. My husband and I eat salad everyday,we are enjoying ourselves making different kinds of salad when we have our leisure. . .It is good to know that salad is good in preventing a lot of diseases, . .We are a health concious person…And i am thankful that we love salad…


  2. Mmmm, carmelized onions in a salad!

    I’m currently trying to kick my store-bought bottled salad dressing habit, after being so sick of just pouring oil/vinegar mix over some greens, this sounds like the perfect way to keep things interesting. Thanks for the recipe!


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