How healthy is your salad?

Nothing in the world sounds as healthy as a salad. Salads form an integral part of any weight loss plan or a balanced meal. But you need to give it a second thought. Are the salads consumed by you really healthy? The best way to judge is to have a close look at the ingredients of any salad.

The components of the salad can make or break the purpose of having salads. For example, a simple Cobb salad made out of chopped bacon, egg, blue cheese, avocado, and creamy dressing can cost you more than a whooping 1,000 calories!!! Can’t afford right?

So be careful while choosing the ingredients. First of all decide upon a strong and healthy base for your salads that can include lettuce, carrots, cucumber, red cabbage, bell peppers, rocket leaves, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, sprouts, chick peas, kidney beans etc. To improve the protein content you could add cottage cheese, tofu or some lentils. But please note this will increase the calorie content as well.  If you are looking for some non veg options egg whites, chicken and fish are the best. As far as possible avoid red meats, bacon, beef, pork if you are trying hard to reduce those flabs.

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Next comes the dressing. Caesar dressing, thousand island, ginger sesame vinaigrette, ranch dressing, swiss cheese can kill your dreams of losing weight. Always chose from low calorie varieties like lemon dressing, hung curd, olive oil, French dressing, asian ginger, balsamic etc.

Nowadays salads have lost the true meaning and purpose. Pasta salad, cobb salad, steak salad, cheese salad… how could these be termed as salads? A simple tomato, onion, cucumber salad with lemon dressing can do wonders to your health.

Salads should always be low calorie and full of nutrition. The best time to eat salad is half an hour before the meals so that your stomach is almost full before you start having your main meal. Being low calorie you could always have it as a mid meal snack. Avoid sprinkling salt as it unnecessarily adds to the sodium content. Use fresh fruits and veggies!!!

One Response to How healthy is your salad?

  1. Kasha says:

    Its really interesting posts here. I love reading them

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