Not All Salads Are Created Equal

When I think of a salad I automatically think it will be healthy for me. All you have to do is take a look at the nutritional facts about most restaurant/fast food salads to realize that thought process is dead wrong. Check out what Eat This has shared about some of the most popular restaurant salads:

http://www.eatthis.com/worst-restaurant-salads

california-pizza-kitchen-moroccan-chickenThis salad is over 1500 calories and almost 100 grams of fat!!!!! YIKES!!!!

But don’t worry; healthy tasty salads do exist! You just have to manage your choice of ingredients and dressing. It’s not as scary or time-consuming as you think.

THINK GREEN:

Start with good choices for greens. Kale, spinach and cabbage are great ways to start. Packed with fiber and vitamins these greens will fill you up and fuel your body.

START BUILDING

Choose 1-3 veggies to add to your salad. This is the perfect way to make sure you meet your vegetable requirements every day. Good choices are bell peppers, onions, broccoli, carrots, corn, tomatoes, snap peas, radishes, cucumber and green onions. Try to limit sweet veggies like carrot and corn to just one choice.

A FAT WON’T RUIN IT

A little healthy fat makes for a well-rounded meal. Your options matter here. A small amount of cheese, chicken, hard-boiled egg, a half portion of fish or almonds are perfect additions. It’s getting more delicious already!

HOW SWEET IT IS

A little natural sweetness is a nice touch in a salad. A few slices of apple, dried fruit, and strawberries are a perfect complement to a green salad especially with a bitter green.

DRESS IT UP

Upgrade a classic vinaigrette with citrus flavors, herbs, cranberry, or sesame/poppy seeds for great flavor without tons of calories.

Salads do not have to be boring, tasteless or repetitious. You can easily eat a different salad every day for a month. Try some different things this month. Her are a few links to great recipes to get you started! ENJOY!

Southwestern Cobb Salad

Southwestern Cobb Salad Recipes

Grilled Chicken Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Halibut and Peach Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Halibut and Peach Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

When you search for recipes make sure to read the nutritional chart and pay attention to suggested portion sizes!

 

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