The Salad Trick
What’s the trick to a truly healthy and filling salad? Including protein, healthy fats, and extra veggies! Vegetables will make your salad more filling, provide extra nutrients, and give you more food with not many calories. Protein will help you feel full for longer and keep you going throughout your day. Healthy fats are an important way to eat clean, keep your body running well, and get a lot of benefit without eating a lot.
5 Ways to Make Your Salad Tastier and More Fun
Here are 5 items you can add to your salads to make them yummier and healthier. You can add all five, some, or even just one. (Remember to try and have a little of each of the above salad tricks, though.)
1. Chia Seeds and/or Flaxseeds. These add a different texture, are very healthy, and will help you cleanse your body from the inside out.
2. Fresh or Dried Fruit…. fresh strawberries or tangerines; dried cranberries or cherries. Most fresh or dried fruit will taste great on a salad, add nutrients, and make it much more exciting.
3. Nuts, Beans, and Legumes. Walnuts or pine nuts taste great on salads and are a super way to add healthy fats and a little protein. Black beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils add protein and fiber.
4. Eggs. Poached, scrambled, and hard-boiled eggs all provide excellent protein on a salad. Plus, eggs enhance the taste of your salad.
5. Vegetables. What better way to eat more vegetables. Cucumbers, carrots, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes are traditional salad veggies that are great for any occasion. Making your salad more unique by adding asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, and more is an awesome way to ingest more vegetables.
Times of Day to Enjoy Your Salad
What time of day is best to eat a salad? Any time of day! You can have a salad for breakfast, lunch, dinner, all three meals, or any snack. The way you prepare your salad may vary slightly, depending on your preferences and the time of day. For example, you may want to add fruit to your morning salad; vegetables and eggs to your lunch salad; and vegetables, nuts, and seeds to your dinner salad.
Just be wary of salads from restaurants. A salad that could be healthy may turn into a not-so-healthy meal. Ask for dressing on the side, skip the croutons, and add vegetables, protein, and nuts or seeds. When you prepare a salad at home, you know exactly what’s going into it. Try to stick to olive oil or a healthy dressing, and you’re set to go. Enjoy a salad any time you want to incorporate more vegetables, feel good, and eat clean!
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