Put down that fork! Is your salad secretly sabotaging your diet?
One of the most common assumptions we can make when it comes to healthy eating is “the greener, the better.” While it’s true that the salad, a staple of diets everywhere, can be healthy, it can also be chock-full of unwelcome carbs and calories – and not just in the form of croutons. Follow our tips for ordering – or making – a salad that’s just as nutritious as it is delicious.
Avoid the “build-it-yourself” buffet.
Though it can be tempting, and budget-friendly, to dine at a salad buffet, be wary of all-you-can-eat options. Not only has it been proven that the more food we have in front of us, the more we will eat, but a salad bar stocks many of the items that turn healthy meals into high-carb dishes. Grated or shredded cheese, creamy dressings, and a bevy of unhealthy toppings from bacon bits to breaded items make the buffet a place to stay away from, unless you can exercise restraint while building your plate.
Pay attention to fat content.
When you are visiting a fast food restaurant or burger joint, choosing a salad can seem like the healthiest option – but be sure to consider the fat content before ordering an entree salad. Check out this article to learn more about the fat content in popular entree and side salads. For a list of some of the more unhealthy salad options out there, click here. Tip: Order dressing on the side.
Choose low-calorie recipes when creating salads at home.
Making a salad at home might mean tossing in everything and the kitchen sink, but it’s best to have a recipe in mind. Cooking Light has compiled a selection of healthy salad recipes.
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Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on September 9, 2013
Karen Eisenbraun is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. She has written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.
Karen received her nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. She follows a ketogenic diet and practices intermittent fasting. Karen advocates a whole foods approach to nutrition and believes in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.