Little do people know, eating salads doesn't necessarily make you a healthy person. Fast food franchises and restaurants, all have their versions of "salad" but they're loaded with grease and calories. But with some modification, your salad meal can scream "healthy and green" rather than "greasy and fat". Following this easy formula, salads will be your best friend and definitely a fuss free meal to make.
To make a perfectly balanced salad, your bowl needs 4 key ingredients. The best formula is the following:
Those who are cost conscious tend to compromise on the quality of their salad base. The salad base is of high importance. They throw in last night's leftovers or frozen vegetables into their salad but it affects how tasty and nutritious your salad is. Splurging on seasonal greens and especially fresh ones, will definitely make your salads appetising to eat. There's no point adding low quality produce into your meal, when it's not going to make your food delicious.
People always fear that eating salads for lunch or dinner won't make you full. Therefore, beef up your salad.. without the beef. Thus, we have vegetarian protein to save the day! The best protein are from plants. The protein you consume from animal products are all recycled from plants. Thus, the strongest animals on land are all herbivores! Take a look at how big and strong elephants and rhinoceros are.
Beans, lentils, boiled eggs or tofu is a good option to fill you up whether or not your salad is topped up with animal protein source.
Extra veggies or Fruits
Most vegetables are chock full of fibre and they should fill you up throughout the day. The question that needs to addressed is the type of vegetables you want to add into your salad bowl. The best combination for a salad is to add a mix of salty, sweet and acidic and bitter flavours. Thus, if you love a savoury salad (salad base would have bell peppers, broccoli,peas etc) toss sweet mango (reminiscent of Thai flavours yum) and chopped walnuts for extra crunch. In contrast, if your salad base is already sweet (e.g sweet potato or roasted butternut squash) -bring out the other flavour contrast with black beans or feta cheese.
And of course, salad dressing. Salad dressing can either make or break your salad. Let's address this dressing myth (see that word play? LOL): salad dressing can sometimes make your salad base unhealthy. It could potentially have more calories than a cheeseburger, believe it or not. For example, if you're on a weight loss regime- mayonnaise based dressing is not the greatest option. 2 tablespoons of everyone's favourite thousand island sauce contains just about 14g of fat. In that 14g, 5g of it is saturated fat- the number cause to heart diseases.
An easy and healthy option to dress your salad is balsamic vinegar and olive oil. These two ingredients make your salad tasty, despite how simplistic it may be. Balsamic vinegar is very flavourful whilst olive oil has many health benefits such as lowering your cholesterol level .
The many steps of a salad bowl may seem intimidating at first but once you're done following these simple steps- making salads will be both fuss-free and beneficial on your part :)