~Ditch the Diet for Healthy Habits~
Most people think that by ordering a salad they are eating healthy. Sounds like a good plan right?
In many cases, that is absolutely right: A big bowl of dark leafy greens and vegetables is not only low in calories but also has much-needed fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
But while most salads start off healthy, some wind-up anything but healthy! Just because it is a salad doesn’t mean that it is the healthiest choice. Thanks to all the creamy ranch, Caesar, or blue cheese dressing, bacon bits, and croutons, a healthy salad can quickly eat up more than half a day’s worth of calories and fat.
Beware of those sneaky extra calories and added fat topping your salad! Here are some salad ingredients to skip: cream dressings, croutons and crispy noodles, full-fat cheese, dried fruit, breaded chicken, bacon.
In no way am I saying that your salads should only be limited to cucumbers, tomatoes, and a spritz of lemon.
Instead, try topping your salads with a vinaigrette dressing, hard boiled egg, baked chicken and a 1/4 of an avocado.
Choose fresh fruit and nuts, instead of dried fruit and croutons.
Quinoa, 1/4 of an avocado, chick peas and black beans with a bit of lime juice and olive oil also makes for a delicious salad.
By being mindful of the toppings you choose you can turn a salad into a filling, nutritious, balanced meal.
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