Everyone knows that salads are healthy, right? So will it really affect your weight based on what toppings you choose to add? The answer to both of these questions is yes. Yes, salads are healthy for you, but they can also ruin your calorie intake for the day depending on what you add. Greenspot Salad Company in San Diego wants to help you get the most nutrition from your salads, so read on to learn what you should add, and also what you should avoid. Come see us and build your completely healthy salad today!
WHAT TO INCLUDE
The base of almost any salad is the green stuff. You may currently be infatuated with spinach leaves or a little radicchio. Maybe your favorite greens are romaine. Whatever your preference, don’t limit yourself to just your favorite. Mixed greens provide more benefits than just one green at a time. For example, romaine is high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Spinach is loaded with iron and protein. Radicchio is highly rated for the vitamins it provides: B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin K. As you can see, eating a variety of greens provides all of these health benefits in one bowl!
Dried fruits are definitely a delicious alternative to fruits that are out of season. One thing you need to be aware of, however, is the amount of sugar packed into the fruit to provide that sweet flavor. There are approximately 22 grams of sugar in just ¼ cup of dried fruit! Fresh fruit does contain natural sugars but is a much healthier option for your salads. In fact, research has shown that when paired together, vitamins and minerals have an even more powerful effect on your body. So what does that mean? You should definitely add fresh fruit to your mixed greens so that you can reap the benefits of combining foods high in vitamins with foods high in minerals. Greenspot Salad Company in San Diego is proud to offer a great selection of fresh fruits for your next salad.
Many people choose to add crispy chicken, shrimp, or another fried protein to their meal for the nice crunch it provides. The problem is that these add unnecessary calories to your meal, essentially canceling the health benefits that the salad provides. A healthier option that will provide the crunch you crave is a ½ cup of dried chickpeas. Other options you may want to consider are almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc. When adding meat to your salad, always choose the lean option. Your salad will be much lighter in calories, and your waistline will thank you
If you are not lactose intolerant, then adding cheese to your salad will provide added nutritional benefits, not to mention a creamy and delicious aspect. When added in moderation, the cheese will help you to burn fat and feel less hungry. Cheese is a rich source of calcium which, among other things, will also help with getting rid of fat.
It would be hard to deny that creamy dressings are rich in flavor. Sadly, they are also rich in calories. Some might say that the obvious solution would be to switch to a fat-free dressing. What’s important to remember here is that when companies remove the ingredients that raise the calorie count, they are removing the very ingredients that add such wonderful flavor. In an effort to retain the flavor, other ingredients, such as sugar and salt, are massively increased. The healthiest dressings are oil-based dressings like a balsamic vinaigrette. One health fact that motivates us is that the vinegar in this kind of dressing can help to prevent blood sugar spikes after meals.