Low in calories but loaded with fiber and vitamins, salads are one of the healthiest meals you can have. Well, that is if you make the right choices. Adding too many high-calorie toppings can actually cause you to gain weight, so keep these tips in mind the next time you build yourself a salad.
- Add Fresh Fruit Instead of Dried - Dried cranberries and raisins are popular salad toppings. But if you opt for fresh fruit instead, you'll be getting more fiber, less sugar, and more crunch, which translates to a healthier, more filling salad.
- Use Oil & Vinegar Instead of Creamy Dressings - Oil and vinegar or vinaigrette are the way to go when it comes to flavoring your greens. The olive oil is a healthy fat, while cream-based dressings tend to be higher in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. If you really want to go low-calorie, squeeze a fresh lemon on your salad instead.
- Choose Raw Nuts Over the Sugar-Coated Ones - The salad bar I go to for lunch has a whole array of nuts to