I can’t think of a better time to indulge in salad than the summer time. Top it with some lean protein and a variety of garden fresh veggies and you got yourself a healthy meal. However, a “healthy salad” can take a turn for the worse if not mindful about what goes on it! Below are tips to keep your salad healthy and delicious without all the calories and fat.
Cut the Cheese- A sprinkle or two is fine, but this is an ingredient that can add significant calories and fat.
Dressing Options: Salsa is a great go to for a salad. Low in calories and huge in taste! Or if that ain’t your “thang”, go WAY lighter on your creamy goodness, or try some balsamic vinegars.
Protein: Adding 4-5 ounces of lean protein is a great way to make this meal a well rounded one. Most of the time people skip the protein and feel like they are doing enough just to get the leafy greens in. And sure, it’s all good, but if you can top it with some protein on, why wouldn’t you?
Veggies: Salads aren’t limited to just lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Add green beans, squash, asparagus, peppers and spinach, all rich source of minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Grains: Adding a grain such as faro, quinoa , buckwheat, etc. provides B vitamins which are important for energy levels, and fiber to keep you satisfied for longer. Or maybe you simply add a sweet potato, or if you are really cray-cry- some AIR FRYER French fries….now we are talkin!!
In conclusion and hunger, I simply encourage you to become more aware. What are you putting in your body and how much ? Is what I am putting my body serving me well?. Small, but mindful changes can yield huge results.
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