Don’t let your salad sabotage your healthy eating plan. It’s a lot easier to do this than you may think. Sure, it’s nutritious. Any time you add vegetables to your eating plan you gain nutrients, vitamins, and fiber, too. It’s what we do to our salads that makes them capable of sabotaging our aim for healthy eating. And many folks do these things without really understanding how unhealthy they are.
Salad bars are the worst places to eat veggies if you don’t have loads of self-control. You will inevitably soon have loads of fresh vegetables on your plate as you make your way through the line, but lots of the stuff featured at these bars are unhealthy options. It’s important to stay away from mayonnaise-filled options like potato salad and chicken or tuna salad. By the time you add one or more of these to your plate, you’ve eaten enough (if not more) calories than you should consume at one entire meal.
Stay away from thick, rich, and creamy dressings, too. They are the dieter’s demise with their little ladles and bottomless vats. Opt for oil and vinegar or a light vinaigrette dressing instead and save yourself up to hundreds of calories. Beware the croutons, too. Often made in-house and loaded with fat, have two or three but leave the rest for the next guy in line.
Try to limit your salads to all vegetables. You don’t have to add pasta, pudding (yes, many salad bars offer pudding), or whipped fruit desserts to enjoy the crunchy and crispy goodness of your intended purpose. Go ahead and pile your veggies high, and keep to the healthy stuff your intended plan of eating denotes. “Salad” doesn’t mean a mountainous pile of every food group ever made. It means a healthy assortment of fresh, crisp vegetables with a taste of dressing that’s meant to enhance–not drench–all the crunchy goodness on your plate.