How Healthy is your Salad?
Did you know May is National Salad Month? With winter officially behind us; the warmer temperatures typically bring an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits, so it is the perfect time to start planning colorful, tasty and healthy meals. While a salad often seems like the right choice to keep us on track for our health goals, sometimes salads may not be as healthy as one would think.
Registered dietitian Susan Bowerman, of Herbalife Nutrition, shares three things to look for to ensure you’re only eating the healthiest of salads:
- Ditch the fatty proteins.
Avoid anything “crispy” or “fried” in your salad and opt for grilled chicken, shrimp or fish. Foods like sausages or fatty cold cuts should be avoided.
- Avoid high-fat extras.
Cheese, bacon, fried tortilla strips, crispy fried noodles, sour cream, and oily croutons are all popular salad fixings, but they can hike up the calorie and fat content of your salad higher than that of a cheeseburger! You may want to rethink them.
- Choose dressings wisely.
Salad dressings can be a quick way to undo the nutritional value of your healthy salad. Creamy or cheesy dressings can cost you 75 calories per tablespoon and more often than not we’re consuming far more than that on a salad, whether at home and especially at restaurants. Choosing lighter vinaigrette over creamy dressings will save you some calories. The fork-dip method is also a great way to limit the amount of dressing you consume. Just dip your fork into the dressing, take a stab at your salad, and repeat.
For more tips from Susan, visit www.IAMHerbalifeNutrition.com.