Did you, like 40% of Americans, vow to be healthy this year as a New Year’s resolution? Do you feel salads are weak as an entree item and not at all filling? Does your health knowledge underwhelm you? If so, read on to discover why salads will be your new favorite food come this new year, and how to spice up your sad salad greens!
Just adding a little bit of cheese or meat to your salad can make your salad experience much more fulfilling. With the protein in cheese and meat, your body can repair your muscles faster, meaning any gains in the gym will be much more pronounced! Other sources of protein include sardines, tuna, lentils, frozen shrimp, chicken, ground turkey, or even hard-boiled eggs. With these sources, you’re sure never to be bored! Meat also adds a source of fullness and satisfaction to your salad, especially if you want to replace a meal with a salad.
Shake up Your Greens
Instead of just iceberg lettuce, try kale, spring greens, or spinach! Iceberg lettuce has a high water content but lacks essential antioxidants. Spinach, on the other hand, contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, and magnesium. Spinach is also a natural source of fiber and potassium! Spring greens, which are in the kale family, contain vitamins C, E, and K. Kale includes lots of beta-carotene and flavonoids! These greens are not only better for you, but they also present more of a taste than iceberg lettuce.
Dress up Your Salad
Try new salad dressings! The pitfalls of ranch dressing, like the calories and fat content, are well known among health gurus. A fresh pomegranate salad dressing, or oil and vinegar, are all great, low-calorie alternatives to ranch dressing. Even a mist of lemon juice is a new flavorful, low-calorie addition to your salad.
Sure, croutons are great, but have you ever had fresh strawberries or some pineapple on a salad? Try mixing up your salad toppings. Dried fruit, fresh fruit, different types of cheese, and even nuts are all great additions to a salad. They provide more antioxidants, more flavor, and even more satisfaction with your salad.
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