Salads are supposed to be your “go-to” diet food.
However, it is easy to load on the wrong ingredients (bacon bits, cheese, creamy dressings, croutons, etc) and fool ourselves into thinking we ate a healthy meal, when in fact, we didn’t.
Here are a few “salad healthy tips” to keep in mind the next time you’re making a salad – remember these rules and you will feel confident that you made healthy choices:
- Choose plenty of vegetables and give your salad a burst of many flavors. Choose tomatoes, beets, peppers, carrots, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.) This will also ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your body needs. Remember the darker the green vegetable, the more nutrient dense it is (think spinach instead of iceberg lettuce).
- To keep your salad healthy, limit yourself to two or less non-veggie toppings. Try walnuts, almonds, betties, healthy cheeses, and apples.
- Load on the protein! Protein will leave you feeling full and satisfied and give you the nutrients you need. Choose grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, beans, etc.
- Choose oil-based or yogurt dressings. When given the option between a creamy dressing or an oily dressing, choose oily. Be careful of vinaigrettes – they may be low in fat, but typically, they are high in sugar. If the dressing is sweet, it probably has more sugar in it than you want to consume.