Eating a hearty salad can flood your cells with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Until you turn it into a fat laden salad covered with a bunch of sneaky toppings that sabotage it’s nutritional value.
Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, Plant-Based Dietitian said “if you have a sweet tooth, it’s easy to think dried fruit will both satisfy you while providing nutrition. You should skip the Craisins or mango strips. Dried fruit looses its water and turns calorie dense in the dehydrating process. It (dry fruit) also often contains added oils and sugars.”
Hint: Add sweetness in your salad, try using fresh grapes, apples, or blueberries for a fiber punch with less sugar. All fresh fruit from everyday oranges to tropical pineapple are welcome additions to salads since they’re plentiful in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
If you think a sprinkling of salted nuts are fair game to swirl into your nutritious salad, but think again. These are also typically roasted in unhealthy fats which are terrible for your heart and body. Plus, they are way higher in fat and calories and the excess sodium they provide is terrible for blood pressure.
Fat free salad dressing should be renamed, ‘high sugar dressing.’ Also most of these dressings are usually loaded with other chemicals and don’t even taste that good.
Creamy salad dressings are often loaded in unhealthy saturated fats and calories. They also contain many chemical ingredients, sugars and additives which can turn your healthy salad into a completely unhealthy.
Hint: Make your own homemade salad dressing with extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil that are heart healthy, great for your body and help absorb those precious nutrients vegetables provide.
Your eyes may be begging for a handful of croutons to top your salad, but doing so won’t do much for its nutritional prowess. While they may provide a satisfying crunch, the croutons you buy at stores are basically empty calories with no added health benefits.
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