THE IMPORTANCE OF SALAD IN YOUR DIET

Make Salads a Gradual Lifestyle Change!
Fresh, raw, vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are full of volume, which works for me because I like to eat larger portion sizes, with minimal calories, and salad is nearly fat free. Consider that one cup of shredded lettuce contains roughly 10 calories whereas 1 cup of Macaroni and Cheese contain nearly 400 calories.

If I was going to add salad to my healthy lifestyle, then I’m going to add the vegetables I enjoy eating. I build my salads with low calorie greens, and then add other low calorie favorites such as multi-colored peppers, mushrooms, red onion, carrots, and cucumbers. I added flavor by topping salads with healthy raisins, bits of chopped apples, pickles, or sliced beets. I forced myself to pass on the higher calorie and fat ingredients such as cheese, fried noodles, nuts, olives, and bacon bits.

Salads as a Meal. People don’t realize too low of anything (calories, carbs, fat, protein) is not good. The right amount of nutrients per meal is the goal.

While they are good for you, they are all delicious! The Grilled Chicken Breast, for example, has a flavorful marinade that exceeds my own cooking skills. Dieters, diabetics, and healthy lifestylers all eat chicken as a regular part of their diet. The Grilled Chicken Breast, as well as the Seared Turkey Breast and the Lemon-Pepper Chicken are well worth having around for convenience and superior taste.

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