Salad is one of the easiest ways to eat healthy especially with access to a salad bar. However its very easy to rack up the calories as well. The usual items at salad bars include but are not limited to the following: Lots of vegetables Protein sources such as chicken, tofu Salad dressings which range from low fat to mountain of fat Mayonnaise Raisins Crotons Fruits, tomatoes, cheese, the list goes on. Before you know it you may be eating as many calories as a McDonalds cheese burger! Which of course will defeat the entire purpose of eating healthy. This is why many people think they are eating right but are making poor choices of the salad bar options and thus do not see any progress. How do i make my salad healthy? Choose wisely Add on the veggies first They have a lot of nutrients and are very low in calories, choose from colorful dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli. Add some protein Protein helps keep you full and thus adding to salad is a great choice to stay full longer Choose from tuna, diced chicken, tofu, hard boiled eggs, beans and cottage cheese sometimes you may find some shrimp or crab. Skip the pre-made tuna salad – it’s loaded with mayonnaise and has more fat per serving than ground beef.
Healthy starches at the salad bar can be hard to because most times you find potato salad or pasta salad. However if available, choose barley, quinoa, brown rice, which will provide healthy carbohydrate and filling fiber.
Add a Serving of Fruit
Many salad bars also include some fruit choices. Choose some fruits in small portions to help that sweet tooth and add some flavor to your salad. Do this in small portions.
Choose Salad Toppings wisely
Some salad bar toppings can be super fattening. They have things like Crispy noodles, fried wonton strips, fried onions, bacon bits, shredded cheese and croutons which defeat your health purpose and increase the calories tremendously. Choose instead, seeds, Nuts, sliced olives and avocado deliver healthier fats, However remember portion control!!!!