5 tips for making a healthier salad
By Brittany Anas
If you’ve ever seen nutrition labels for some restaurant salads you know you’d pretty much be better off ordering a pizza. Salads are a health food that can quickly get outta’ control with chees add-ons, creamy dressings and crunchy toppings — taking your well-intended meal into the over 1,000-calorie tier.
Fret not, salad lovers. Here’s a five tips for building a healthy salad that is not only delicious — but also low-cal and full of nutrients.
Go dark green: Let’s start with the greens — because, well, that’s usually where we start when we’re making a salad, yes? Skip over the iceberg and go for a more nutrient-packed lettuce like a leafy green spinach or romaine or arugula.
Toss in some herbs, too: It will add more flavor to your salad. But there are also some great antioxidants in herbs that can lower your blood pressure, according to eatright.org. The nutritionists at eatright.org suggest tossing fresh or dried herbs — like parlsey, oregano, garlic, thyme, rosemary or basil — on your salad. Or, add them to olive oil to make a simple, but flavorful, dressing.
Dip fork into salad dressing: Can’t give up the ranch or blue cheese? When you pour it on your salad, you lose track of your portion control. Go ahead and put a few dollops in a ramekin and dip your fork in the dressing. We guarantee you’ll still get the flavor, but will cut back on calories.
Turn it into a dinner: All you need for your salad is a lean protein to turn it into a dinner. If you’re a vegetarian, opt for some kidney beans or tofu, perhaps. If you eat meat, go for a lean chicken, tuna, salmon or turkey. Let Omaha Steaks do the prep for you. They’ve got Mediterranean chicken breasts flavored with feta cheese, garlic, lemon, white wine, onion, rosemary and oregano. Get 5 percent Cash Back at Omaha Steaks when you buy through ShopAtHome.com. (Read more articles about Omaha Steaks here).
Add on fruit: Skip the dressing and add on juicy fruits to the top of your salad. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, even watermelon. The juice from the fruit will sweeten up your salad just like a vinaigrette.
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