The most popular entrée on the menu of a dieter is always a salad because they’re known to contribute to weight loss or simply weight management.
Although salads can be incredibly good for you, there are many parts of a salad that would leave you better off ordering a cheeseburger and fries.
There are many do’s and don’ts when choosing a salad as a healthy alternative to heavier meals.
• Choose non-starchy vegetables for your salad.
• Use low-fat dressings or dressings with 3 grams of sugar or less, like "Annie's Goddess" dressing or simply whisk olive oil, lemon and garlic together.
• Get the dressing on the side and dip your fork tongs in the dressing instead of pouring it onto the whole salad; you will eat much less of the dressing but get a taste of it in each bite.
• Make your own dressing to monitor nutritional content. The Food Network has many salad dressing recipes.
• Stay away from starchy vegetables high in carbohydrates and sugar
• Stay away from big portions of full-fat dressings such as Blue Cheese, Caesar, or Creamy Italian. High Sugar dressing such as honey mustard and raspberry or fruity vinaigrettes should also be avoided.
• Steer clear of popular pre-made or restaurant salads. Or;
- Order a Cobb without the bacon and with mozzarella instead of blue cheese. Dressing on the side.
- Order a Chinese Chicken Salad without the won ton crunchies
- If a salad contains caramelized nuts, order them raw instead.
• Kick the croutons and crumple up seaweed snacks (pictured above) for a salty crunch-like crouton.