Dieters should eat salad to lose weight? Wrong! Many people eat salad for weight loss and gain weight instead. Because many of the salad ingredients they add are full of fat and calories. And worse the weight loss salad they create isn’t big enough or satisfying enough to keep them full. So they eat again soon after and they don’t lose weight. Replacing a high calorie, heavy meal with a healthy salad is a great way to slim down. But you have to use diet-friendly salad ingredients. Those are salad toppings that are packed with nutrients, full of flavour and naturally low in fat and calories.
CHOOSE THE BEST GREENS
The base of your diet-friendly salad should be salad greens. Salads made with pasta and potatoes tend to be higher in calories and fat. Beans can make a great salad base as well. But most dieters will choose different types of lettuce as a salad base because they are so low in calories. So which salad greens are best? There are so many to choose from and everyone prefers a different style. Choose few fresh spring greens for flavour and then bulk up your salad with crispy greens to add crunch and volume.
CHOOSE HEALTHY FATS
Your salad probably won’t be satisfying unless you add a source of healthy fat like avocado and nuts. Of course, adding fat to your diet-friendly salad will boost the calorie count. Remember that even healthy fats are a significant source of calories. So be smart add them in moderation!
CHOOSE LEAN PROTEIN
If salad is the main course of your meal, you should add a lean source of protein like salmon and tuna to get the important muscle-building benefits that it provides. You’ll also find that salads with protein keep you satisfied for a longer period of time after you eat. Be advised that not all deli meats are good choices if you’re trying to lose weight. Stick to roast beef or chicken.
One of the best ways to add flavour to your salad is to add chopped herbs. You can toss dried herbs onto your salad, but chopped fresh herbs are healthier addition to any diet-friendly meal.
CHOOSE LOW CALORIE DRESSINGS
Unfortunately, most dressings are full of fat and calories. You may find that you don’t even need salad dressing when you fill your bowl with flavorful and savory ingredients. Just sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper and measure just a tablespoon of olive oil then toss your salad without any other topping.