Those who want to lose weight must eat salads, yeah? No! Some of those people, eating salads and trying to lose weight, gain weight instead. It happens because they add fat and high-calorie ingredients.
Healthy salads are the right way to slim down, instead of heavy fat meals. The only thing that you must do to reach the goal is to use those ingredients for salad toppings, which are low in calories, full of nutrients and flavor. Use this list of ingredients to add to your salads and see whether it is helpful or no.
Greens for Salads
Greens must become the base for your healthy salad and diet. If you'll add pasta or potato into a salad, they will make it high in calorie. Beans are full of protein, thus it is a good base for a salad, still, most dieters will prefer lettuce and other different types of it, cause it is so low in calories.
Add the best greens to the salad. What are they? These are spring fresh greens like arugula, spinach, watercress, mustard greens, mache, beet greens, all these are soft and flavorful ingredients for a salad. Iceberg, romaine, radicchio, escarole, endive, leaf lettuce, these crisped greens must become a great part of your weight loss salad.
Don't be afraid to experiment with the way you cook salad. Chop all ingredients, cut them into small pieces or big. Even the look of a cooked dish can improve one's mood.
The best vegetables for salad, which must comprise a bigger part of it, has a wide range of colors. Thus to red-colour veggies refer chopped tomato, shredded or sliced radishes, chopped red onion, sliced red peppers, cubed beets, cold sliced red potato. Orange vegetables: shredded carrots, cubed squash, diced sweet potato, and orange tomato. Yellow and white veggies: diced onion, sliced yellow beets, cauliflower, white asparagus. Green: green onion, chopped green tomato, quartered artichoke hearts, chilled peas, broccoli, sliced cucumber, brussels sprouts, diced celery. Blue and purple vegetables: diced purple potatoes, shredded purple cabbage, slivered purple peppers, and eggplant.
Combine different vegetables, experiment and you'll find the best veggie combination.
Healthy Fats for Salads
You may add healthy fat ingredients into a salad but in moderation. Remember that this is a well of calories, so control your portions. Avocado, nuts, olive oil, different seeds, and olives will bring the spice and special taste and fat, so don't add more than 2 tablespoons of avocado, 7 olives would be enough for a salad, no more than 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of seeds, also 10-15 nuts (medium) for a salad.
First, think then cook. Decide the number of fat ingredients you wanna add into a salad and then throw them into the bowl.
Chopped herbs will bring ideal flavor to your salad. Tarragon, basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, thyme, try any of them into a salad. It would be better to add fresh chopped herbs, cause it is a health, still dried herbs also a good adding.
The last thing before you can serve salad is to add salad dressing. Most of them are very fat and high in calories. In fact, you may just sprinkle some salt and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, it would be enough to enjoy your salad. Anywhere, you may choose a low-fat salad dressing, just be sure you measure it carefully.
Don't spoil a bowl of healthy ingredients by adding fat dressing.