When we think of a healthy meal, salad is among the first thing that comes to the mind. Salad is a healthy choice, but at times it is the worst option for several reasons. It has been proven that certain salads carry a very high number of calories and are unhealthy for the body.
To help you differ between healthy and unhealthy salads, given below are five common features that destroy a healthy salad. Make sure you do not engage in the following when you feast yourself with a delicious bowl of salad.
Crunchy toppings, such as nuts and croutons, are extremely popular because they enhance the taste of the salad. However, they have some drawbacks too. The problem is that they add calories and fats with the taste, which is not a very good bargain. Toppings, such as Chinese noodles are not very rich in nutrient. They do more bad than good. A very good option that you have is adding small pieces of apple. They add sweetness and crunch to the dish, and are extremely healthy too.
Fried chicken is definitely tasty, but is in not a healthy choice. Wrapping it into lettuce does not cover up for the fact that it is full of calories. A good substitute is hard-boiled eggs or grilled meat. Fried chicken will only make the salad unhealthy.
Trust us, we love cheese! But our health tends to hate it. Cheese is most people’s favorite salad ingredient. It adds a very unique taste to the salad, but makes it unhealthy at the same time. Cheese is not worth the calories, especially when you are trying to stay fit. There are several different, healthy substitutes such as fat-free yogurt.
Taco Influenced Salads
Heavy salads are quickly gaining popularity. Salad with sour cream, rice, ground beef and tortilla are mouthwatering, but full of calories. It is not like eating a salad but a taco that is full of calorie.
Heavy dressing is the perfect way to spoil a perfectly healthy salad. Most store bought dressings have high amounts of calories. A serving (2 tbs.) can add up to 200 calories. Some people love dressings and go crazy with them. If you like dressing and can’t do away with it, then use it as little as possible. Instead of drenching your salad with dressing, you can keep dressing on the side and dip your fork in before every bite.
If you are looking for a low calorie dressing then you can try olive oil and vinegar. They are both very healthy and perfectly compliment salads.
Now that you know how you destroy a healthy salad, we are hopeful that you will be careful and won’t change a healthy salad into junk food.