We all know that salads are some of the best nutritional choices that you can make, whether you are out on the town or just eating in at home. But there are some devious traps when it comes to salads, a combination of ingredients that can make your pile of healthy greens have more calories than a double cheeseburger. This is why it’s important to know what is in your salad and the kind of replacement choices that will not skimp on taste but will considerably cut down on the calories.
Salad dressing is one of the best parts of a good salad. Sweet or tangy, spicy or rich, a good dressing can bring a salad home. But it can also seriously raise the calorie count when it comes to your salad. As a general rule, it is best to avoid cream based sauces like Caesar because they are higher in fat and calories. An oil based dressing will be lower in fat and still just as flavorful.
If you are someone who likes a little meat in your salad, you could be unknowingly raising your fat and calorie count when it comes to your salad. Like in all things, moderation is key. Choose lean meats and be sparing with them. If you are looking for a way to keep the protein punch that comes with the meat while cutting the meat itself out, look to high protein items like boiled eggs and beans. Navy beans are a great addition to salads as they pick up the flavors around them and bring a ton of protein for a fraction of the calorie cost.
A good green and leafy salad is great. But did you know that an even healthier salad has a rainbow of colors in its vegetables? Health professionals are telling people to try and eat the rainbow every day when it comes to fruits and veggies. A salad with tomatoes, red cabbage and squash slices can help you to knock out a good amount of your daily colors while building a tasty and enjoyable salad.
No matter what kind of salad you choose to make, it is a tasty and enjoyable way to keep your health on track. Just remember that even if you go a little heavy on the dressing today that you are still making health gains and looking out for your future, one bite at a time.