Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Build a Better Salad

Erin Traill, Beachbody Coach, Diamond Coach, salad, weight loss tips, recipe, methods, success story, weight loss transformation, eating out on a die, fit mom

Soooo - you think that salad is pretty healthy?? No fried foods, low carbs - okay, I see where you were tying to go with this! But what you may not realize, is the simple additions to your salad can add up to hundreds and hundreds of calories and over a day's worth of sodium! Sometimes you might be better off having that cheeseburger! I have some easy swaps that can help make your salad yummy and fun while keeping it clean and fit...


Erin Traill, Beachbody Coach, Diamond Coach, salad, weight loss tips, recipe, methods, success story, weight loss transformation, eating out on a die, fit mom
Don't put your dressing on your salad, dip your fork and you will save a lot calories!
Salads are usually topped with salad dressing, hence the name, but sadly, most of them are high in calories and fat.

Plus, a serving of salad dressing is only 2 tablespoons. For those 2 tablespoons, you're going to get anywhere from 100 to 200 calories.

Forgo the salad dressing and squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice on your salad. Or get creative with some salsa as a topping and balsamic vinegar is also nice. I also love adding grilled apples, or fresh berries - they add a lot of flavor and you don't even need dressing!

When you order a salad at a restaurant, ask for your dressing to be served on the side. You'll be amazed at how many calories you can save when you control the topping.

Love these yogurt dressings by Bolthouse - So yum!! Here was the true test for the Ranch...
My husband's buddies were over and cooking out, they asked for Ranch and this was all I had...
I knew if they saw "yogurt" they would not try it, so I put it in a little bowl and they ate it all
and asked for more!


These extra toppings don't add any nutritional value, but they can add a lot of calories and the cheap ones are loaded with ingredients with names you can't pronounce. One-half cup of croutons has about 100 calories and those bacon bits  aren't even real bacon. Turkey bacon is another great alternative!!

So you like a few crunchy toppings, do this instead -- add a tablespoon or two of chopped walnuts or flax seeds. They've got omega-3 fatty acids, plus they're good sources of fiber, which your body needs for a healthy digestive system.

But if you are like me, and can't help but want to add some carbs to your salad - add some Annie's Cheddar Bunnies! (Yes, I know - I have the palate of a 3 year old - but don't knock it til you try it!)



Cheese is a catch 22 - while it is a great source of calcium and protein; it is also loaded with sodium, saturated fat and calories.

So how can we fix this one? Simple - pay attention to the portion size... Don't just pour the bag of cheese over your salad! Did you know a serving of cheese is about what would fit into a shot glass (about 2 TBSP)??? YEP! Go with a low fat, dry cheese like a Parmesan!



Well yes, Iceburg lettuce does have a nice crunch - but it has virtually no nutritional value... That's right very few vitamins and not much fiber either. It is a good source of water, and that is about it! And since it's not too flavorful, a pile of iceberg lettuce practically screams for globs of high-fat dressings.
So, to keep your salad on the healthy side, use a variety of darker greens like spinach, leaf lettuce, arugula, dandelion greens, kale, watercress and basil leaves. The darker the leaves the better -- they're richer in folate, minerals and phytochemicals.


Processed Meats

Adding a protein source can transform a salad into a full-fledged (and really good for you) meal.
But adding deep-fried chicken strips or hunks of processed lunch meats will turn your healthy salad into a health-disaster. And a typical taco salad with seasoned ground meat and globs of sour cream is just a no-go.

Keep your salad lean and mean by adding cooked chicken or turkey breast, a couple of grilled shrimp or legumes.

Hope this helps you build a better salad!!!

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