Know the Difference Between Healthy Salads and Fat Fests on Lettuce

7 Jul

When people are trying to practice healthy eating, they often turn to a salad. A common misconception is that all salads are healthy. This is very, very wrong. Yes, lettuce is healthy, but what you put on top of it makes the difference between healthy salads and a big, giant fat bomb.

Don't be fooled, this is not a real salad.

Rules to follow when you want to eat healthy salads:

1.)    Bacon bits, pepperoni, or any other types of cured meat are very bad. If you find yourself eating a “salad” with these on them, do your best to pick them off.

2.)    Croutons, tortilla strips, and anything else of this variety should be eaten only in moderation. These adornments can help a salad to be more filling, which is good, but when eaten in excess they can make your healthy intentions go to waste.

3.)    Salad dressing can instantly turn your salad into a raging fat fest. Look for fat-free, low-calorie healthy salad dressing. If these aren’t an option, always opt for a clear-based vinagerette dressing over anything with the word “creamy” in it. Instead of pouring your healthy salad dressing over your meal, dip each forkful into it. This will save you calories.

4.)    Cheese  can easily make otherwise healthy salads turn fatty. A little bit of cheese is fine, but a salad covered in cheese bad. If possible, ask for no cheese when ordering a salad at a restaurant, or at the very least, pick some of it off.

5.)    Salads are much more likely to satisfy your hunger when they have meat in them. Choosing the right type of meat can either make or break your salad. Putting “fried” or “crispy” anything in your salad defeats the entire purpose of choosing a salad in the first place. Opting for grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon is the best idea.

6.)    French fries, onion rings, fried potatoes, potato chips, and etc. are NOT salad food. These foods do not magically become healthy because they’re sitting on a piece of lettuce. Just say no!

7.)    Nuts such as almonds and walnuts on a salad can be a good thing, as long as the portion size is kept in moderation. Nuts fill you up, and give you energy, making them a great add-on for your healthy salad.

8.)   Put fruits and veggies such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, mangoes, mushrooms, and carrots on your salad to make it nice and nutritious. The more the merrier when it comes to healthy choices such as these, eat yourself silly.

Try these healthy salad recipes from Gina’s Skinny Recipes when cooking at home.

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