Think All Salads are Healthy Food? Think Again…

25 Feb
Healthy taco salad is so good it's easy to forget about its fatty twin.

Healthy taco salad is so good it’s easy to forget about its fatty twin.

As a self-proclaimed salad connoisseur, I’m always amazed at the crazy fact that some people truly believe every bowl of leafy greens they consume constitutes eating healthy. For example, while we all know that fried chicken isn’t exactly nutritious, some people really seem to believe that a fried chicken salad is healthy food, simply because it’s lying on a bed of lettuce. This baffles me.

Another of my favorites is when a person orders a salad that legitimately would be considered healthy food, then proceeds to drown it in full fat ranch dressing. I hate to break it to you people, but the average serving of full fat salad dressing contains anywhere from 14-18 grams of fat per two tbsp serving. Two tbsp is not really a lot of salad dressing, so multiple that by say three servings and you’ve just poured 42-54 grams of lard over your previously healthy salad. That’s almost an entire day’s worth of fat. Eww!

Healthy Food Substitutions

  • Bacon Bits: Replace fatty bacon bits with low sodium turkey bacon. Simply cook a strip or two of the turkey bacon and crumble it over your salad.
  • Salad Dressing: Just say no to fatty salad dressing and try salsa, lemon juice, low-fat salad dressing instead.
  • Full Fat Cheese:Swap this for its reduced-fat sister or even better — try fat-free cheese. I swear, it really is good!
Contrary to popular belief, fat-free cheese does not taste like plastic.

Contrary to popular belief, fat-free cheese does not taste like plastic.

Five Things to Never Put on a Salad

  • French fries
  • Anything “breaded” or “crusted”
  • Mayonnaise (in any form, mixed with anything)
  • Potato Chips
  • Anything containing the word “creamy”

*Also a salad should never be served in anything edible. If you can eat the bowl or plate it’s served in, well just don’t…

So you don’t believe me that not all salads are actually healthy food? Well read this great post by Angry Trainer Fitnesswhich backs up my points and gives some great other tips!

For even more proof that salads can easily be turned into giant fat bombs, check out this post on the Take Part blog, “This Isn’t Diet Food: 15 Salads Worse Than a Big Mac.”

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