Super Salad….or not?

When I was growing up, I always thought salads were healthy because it’s a salad right? Right. Well, needless to say I was wrong. Very wrong. Adding just a few ingredients in a salad can make it from nutritional balanced to “I should have had a super-sized hamburger meal instead.”

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Not all salads are bad, but not all salads are great for you either. So, always be aware of what type of salad you are eating but also how much. Sometimes you are better off making your own salad or ordering something else off the menu which is more nutritionally balanced. Next time you want a salad, just remember these tips:

High Calorie Items To Look Out For:

Bacon

Cheese

Pepperoni

Fried Meats

Deli Meats/High Fat Meats

Nuts

Dried Fruit

Buttered Croutons

Tortilla Strips

Fried wontons

Fried Onions

Creamy Dressings

Many salads at restaurants can range from calories from 1000-1500 and more! That is most of our daily calories in one meal….and it’s a salad! Be careful of what you order and how it comes prepared. Try to limit the high calorie toppings and stick to fresh toppings such as: cucumber, tomato, lean grilled meats, legumes, seeds, fresh fruit, bell pepper, carrots, avocado, onions, broccoli, and other fresh vegetables. Also choose lettuce which is dark and leafy. The deeper the color of the greens, the better it is for you. Choosing a vinaigrette dressing is better than a creamy based dressing. Also, make sure you ask for it on the side! 😉

If you are concerned about calories and how many are in your salad, then be aware of what you are eating and how much. Be educated and remember, just because it is a salad doesn’t mean it is healthy.