Salad is our go-to healthy food, especially when we want to drop pounds. However, as nutritious as it can be, sometimes they are merely a disguise for a bowl of belly-fat. To ensure that your bowl of mixed greens is nothing but a healthy treat, know the common mistakes people tend to do when making their own salad.
- Fewer Variety of Greens
Limited variety of greens in your salad also limits the health benefits you can reap off from your salad. According to a research, people who consume broader array of exact same amount of greens in their salad experience lesser oxidation, the number one factor of premature aging.
- Too Little or Too Much Protein
Protein is an important part of any salad for several reasons—it revs up metabolism, it keeps you full for longer time, and aids in building lean muscle tissues, as well as maintain healthy skin, hair, and immune cells. However, excessive amounts of protein—beyond what your body requires on a daily basis—prevent weight loss and can even cause weight gain.
- Using the Wrong Type of Fat
Just like protein, fat is an essential component for keeping your body healthy and fit. However, incorporating the wrong kind of fat to your salad defeats its healthy purpose. So, instead of using ready-made salad dressing we often find in supermarkets, make your own from organic ingredients and including healthier fat sources such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and extra virgin olive oil.
- Too Little Seasoning
Without seasoning, your salad will taste bland and unappetizing—meaning it becomes a chore to eat it. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to up the taste of your salad, such as using natural seasonings and tossing in fresh herbs like cilantro, mint and basil. You can also whisk herbs, spices, and roasted or raw garlic into your oil and vinegar dressing. A healthy salad should be a feast to the palate, and a dish that’s easy to eat.
Eating a bowl of raw produce may be better than having a bowl of pasta, but it also requires some careful thought to ensure you’re getting the most health benefits from your mixed greens. If you’re making one tonight, let these tips be your guide to coming up with a satiating and more nutritious salad.