5 Ways to Ruin a Salad

You ordered a salad for lunch, and now you want a medal for being healthy.  Not so fast… Here are five ways to ruin a perfectly good salad.  (1) Douse it with dressing.  The salad should not be drenched like a soggy bowl of cereal.  To fix: drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of a dressing, preferably low in sugar, fat and sodium (such as olive oil with balsamic vinegar).  (2) Load up on shredded cheese.  Cheese is a garnish, not a main course.  To fix: lightly cover with 1 oz (28 grams).  (3) Candied Nuts.  Great way to pack on the sugar, sodium, calories and artificial flavors.  To fix: switch to fresh slivered almonds or roasted walnuts.  (4) Bacon bits.  Talk about extra salt, fat and artificial coloring/preservatives.  To fix: if you like a smoky flavor, add ham or turkey as a protein source.  (5) The lettuce is the only veggie in your salad.  At minimum, you should put about four different types of colorful veggies into your salad (red peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, asparagus, onions, artichoke, radish, carrots – to name a few).  Bon Appétit!

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