Salad is a healthy option when going out to eat or eating at home, but it doesn’t take much make a salad unhealthy. Dressings are loaded with calories and fats. Some meats and toppings add on the calories. Try some of these healthy salad toppings on your next salad for a nutrient filled meal!
Healthy Salad Toppings #1 - Almonds
Almonds contain fiber, protein and healthy fats. They will also fill you up and keep you full. Don’t got almond crazy, as they are full of calories, but a tablespoon will be perfect.
Healthy Salad Toppings #2 - Lean Proteins
Grilled salmon and fish are very healthy options. They provide omega-3 fatty acids and prevent heart disease. Other good meats to choose are grilled chicken and turkey. Avoid meats that are fried or coated in sauces.
Healthy Salad Toppings #3 - Eggs
Eggs found in salad are typically just the egg white, which is full of protein. The yolk contains vitamin D. Vitamin D helps fight cancer and diabetes. One hard boiled egg per salad is a healthy serving.
Healthy Salad Toppings #4 - Avocado
The monounsaturated fat in avocados are very good for the body. A sixth of an avocado in a salad adds only 55 calories and 5 grams of fat, fat that is good for you.
Healthy Salad Toppings #5 - Lettuce
Darker lettuce leaves are the best choice. Avoid iceberg lettuce. It lacks nutrients as well as flavor. Dark leaves are full of vitamins and minerals. Try mesclun on your next salad.
Healthy Salad Toppings #6 - Soy Beans
Soy helps protect your heart, lower cancer risk and build bone. Add soy beans, edamame or chick peas to your salad.
Healthy Salad Toppings #7 - Veggies
Vegetables only have about 20 calories per serving so load up your salad with colorful veggies. Popular picks are peppers, onions, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, and corn.
Healthy Salad Toppings #8 - Dressing
Here comes the tricky part. Avoid creamy dressings and choice low fat options whenever possible. Ask for dressing on the side so you can control how much is on your salad.
Salads can be delicious as well as healthy if you use the right ingredients! Just remember to load up on vegetables and not dressing!