Have you committed to eat light and healthy? You may think choosing salad is a no-brainer. But beware — salads can contain more calories and fat than you think. Consider these Integrative Nutrition tips to help you build a healthier, more nutrient packed salad.
1. Pick A Green Base
Spinach, Kale, Arugula, and Romaine pack the biggest nutritional punch.
2. Choose Your Veggies
Include all colors of the rainbow in order to receive a variety of vitamins and minerals.
3. Pack On The Protein
Protein sources such as chicken, tofu, and/or beans will make your salad healthier and ensure that you stay satisfied longer.
4. Add Healthy Extras
Toppings such as nuts, seeds, grains, herbs, or fruit add extra texture, flavor, and nutritional value.
5. Dress It Up
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vinegar are way healthier alternatives to creamy dressings, loaded also with hidden sugars. Add a hint of sea salt, black pepper and a squeeze of lemon to boost flavor.
If you’ve never been big on salads,please start with a strong foundation of greens. This is really important to your health. There are dozens of fruits and vegetables out there that can be combined in thousands of delicious ways – surely there’s a salad out there for you. Be bold. Try something new. Go online and search for recipes that use a variety of fresh ingredients that you like the most.
Have you seen the Mason Jar Salad? Pictured above, this has become one of my most recommended – no excuses – ways to get greens in at your lunch hour or while traveling. Simple to assemble and no hassle to tote along. Best news…they keep for up to five days in your refrigerator. The complete directions can be found at Jules Mirabella’s blog ; http://www.myfoodandotherstuff.com/2013/04/mason-jar-salads.html
Thanks also to Ms. Mirabella for allowing me spread the good news. The much anticipated and newly released recipe book by Jules Mirabella, Mason Jar Salads and More, can now be ordered on her site or here http://www.amazon.com/Mason-Jar-Salads-More-Layered/dp/1612432891
Hooray! Thank You Jules!
So are you inspired to liven up your lunch by following these quick tips to create a delicious and hearty salad? I’d love to hear some ways you boost the nutritional value of your salad – have a favorite recipe? Share it in the comments.
To Your Health!