Friday, April 27, 2012
Guest Post: 5 Ingredients that will Ruin your Salad
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Salads—they're the go-to meal-of-choice for most new dieters and health buffs. But while salads can help give you the vitamins and nutrients you need to increase your metabolism and blast away fat, if prepared wrong they can do the reverse and help pack on the pounds. In fact, some restaurant salads (even a few that you make at home) can contain more calories than a Whopper from Burger King. To make sure that your body is on the right health track, try omitting these ingredients from your next salad.
You may be a big fan of ranch, Caesar, blue cheese, thousand island or some other type of creamy salad dressing, but these dressings—which usually use heavy duty mayo—are filled with tons of calories and saturated fat. Even the "lite" varieties are a huge risk and contain as much as 12 grams of fat per two tablespoons. That said, vinaigrettes are always the best way to go. An even better option is to skip the salad dressing altogether and opt to squeeze a little bit of lemon juice and a small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. When dining out, always ask for the dressing on the side so you can control how much is actually poured on your salad.
Cheese is a great source of protein and calcium, but too much is bad for you. This is because similar to cream-based dressings, cheese is fatty. Cheddar and American cheeses are by far the worst, but even feta and parmesan can do some damage too if you're not careful. So the next time the waiter comes around asking if you would like some freshly grated cheese on your salad, give them a firm no.
Croutons, even tortilla strips and wontons, give salads a nice little "crunch." But if it's crunch you're after, you should opt to include some strips of red bell pepper, chopped walnuts, or snap peas instead. Not only are croutons filled with empty carbs and fat—it's made with refined and over processed left over white bread after all—but they're typically fried. Nothing fried should ever touch your salad, including chicken tenders.
No matter if you choose to use the real deal or the artificial flavored bacon bits, adding this ingredient to your salad is a huge no-no. Both are loaded with sodium and the latter, well it contains preservatives that can potentially harm your body.
That's not to say that iceberg lettuce isn't good for you—comprised of almost 90% water and containing no more than 8 calories per cup, it's a healthy choice. Its' just that romaine lettuce and the darker leafy greens such as spinach kale and arugula are even better choices. The dark the leaf, the more nutritional punch your salad will have which means you'll get all the necessary cancer and disease-fighting properties you need to live a long, healthy life.
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