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What to Put in Your Salad

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Salad prep balerinaMost people know that salads are a great addition to a healthy diet. They usually have a lot of leafy greens and vegetables that give your body important nutrients, vitamins and fiber.

With our health-conscious society moving towards eating healthier, we are now seeing more and more restaurants with salads on the menu.

The wealth of options begs a question, though: are all of these salads really good for you? What should you actually put in a salad?

Looking beyond the lettuce

It's still a great idea to build your salad on a foundation of lettuce, spinach, kale or other leafy greens because they are packed with excellent nutrients. Skip the iceberg lettuce, though, as it really can't compared to its darker-green cousins. In addition to the greens, it's always a great idea to pick out your favorite combination of veggies to mix in as well. If you're not sure which ones are best, use the rainbow method. As long as you pick a wide variety of different colored veggies, you're bound to get a good combination of vital nutrients. If you're adding orange carrots, bright red tomatoes and green zucchini to your salad, you're on the right track.

A major way that most salads can step up in quality is by adding protein. Lean white chicken meat and salmon are two great choices that can also add a lot of flavor. Just make sure that you're not cooking the meat in a lot of butter or using overly sugary glazes, and your salad will be a winner.

Picking the right dressing

Another trick to making a salad look and taste appealing is to submerge it in dressing. There's the old standby of ranch dressing, of course, but you can also find options from raspberry vinaigrette to honey Dijon or sweet teriyaki. These dressings all taste great on top of a salad, but the source of that great taste is usually a ton of sugar and fat. Restaurants know that they've got a winning combination when they can make you think that you're eating healthy but are actually satisfying your sweet tooth.

In order to keep your salad actually working as a healthy part of your diet, look for simple dressings. If you're making a salad at home, you can make your own dressing by mixing up a little olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. When you're out at a restaurant, actually take a look at what is in the dressings before you pick one. If it's full of sugar, artificial sweeteners or hydrogenated vegetable oil, steer clear.

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