Did you know that eating salads is the easiest, most convenient, and yummy way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet?
Not only are salads easy to make, they can also be found at nearly every restaurant, grocery store, and fast-food chain, helping you to maintain your health and even shed some pounds in the process.
Here’s Why Salads Are Awesome
We’re here to tell you about five awesome benefits of eating more salad:
- Salads contain a lot of fiber, which helps you to stay regular, flattening out your stomach. Did you know that eating more fiber also lowers your cholesterol, and helps you to feel fuller for longer? All of these things help you to lose weight. Try adding some extra chickpeas or other beans to your salad for an extra fiber boost.
- Salads have loads of health benefits. We all know that doctors recommend people consume for dark, leafy greens and bright colored vegetables. And that’s what most salads consist of! In fact, nutrient-rich plant foods contribute to overall health since they’re jam packed with antioxidants that help to fight free-radicals and inflammation. What is more, if you eat more fruits and vegetables in general, you’ll lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Salad foods rich in nutrients include peas, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, apples, nectarines, peaches, plums, pears, and strawberries.
- If you want to lose weight, then salads are a great choice! They’re naturally lower in calories than most foods, and help you to feel satiated, so you won’t want to overeat. In fact, if you eat a salad right before a main course, studies have shown that you’ll eat less. When it comes to salads, bigger is better — but this means more veggies and less fatty add-ons like dressings and nuts.
- Salads are a great way to incorporate healthier fats into your diet. Drizzle your salad with olive oil and throw on some nuts like almonds or hazelnuts or some avocados. In fact, adding some healthy fats to your salad can actually help your body absorb protective phytochemicals better — up to eight times more alpha-carotene and thirteen times more beta-carotene, both of which protect against cancer and heart disease.
- Eating more salads is an easy, efficient, and healthy way to add more protein into your diet. Protein is great for building muscles, and it helps you to stay fuller for longer, especially if you combine it with fiber and healthy fats. Try adding some grilled chicken, canned tuna, chickpeas, or marinated tofu on your salad for an instant protein boost.
We’ve Got the Best Salad Recipes
- Quinoa, Smoked Salmon, and Beet Salad
This salad is filled with fiber, protein, and antioxidants, all of which help you to feel satiated.
Ingredients: four ounces cubed pumpernickel bread, fourth cup olive oil, one and a half tablespoons lemon juice, one and a half tablespoons horseradish, two teaspoons mustard, eight ounces of cooked quinoa, six ounces salad greens, four ounces smoked salmon, and five ounces cooked beets.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, drizzle the bread with olive oil and toss to coat. Then place the bread cubes onto a baking sheet, and bake for 12 minutes. Then in another bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, horseradish, and mustard. In a second bowl, mix the quinoa with one tablespoon oil. Arrange the salad greens on a plate, sprinkle the quinoa mixture over them, then arrange the salmon over the salad, and top with beets and the croutons. Drizzle with olive oil.
- Shrimp and Arugula Salad
This salad is filled with healthy fats, proteins, and antioxidants.
Ingredients: five cups arugula, one cup chopped bell peppers, half cup sliced carrots, three tablespoons olive oil, two teaspoons minced rosemary, half teaspoon crushed red pepper, two sliced garlic cloves, fifteen large shrimp, four tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
Directions: Combine the arugula, bell peppers, and carrots in a large bowl and set aside. Add the two tablespoons oil to a pan, then add the pepper, rosemary, and garlic, and cook for a few minutes. Add the shrimp, and saute for six minutes. Take the shrimp out of the pan, then add the oil and vinegar and cook for twenty seconds. Drizzle the mixture over the arugula mixture and top with shrimp.
- Romaine Salad
This salad is perfect for vegetarians — add some tofu or chickpeas to it for an extra boost of protein.
Ingredients: three tablespoons balsamic vinegar, two tablespoons olive oil, one tablespoon minced shallots, one tablespoon chopped parsley, one teaspoon Dijon mustard, one crushed garlic clove, six cups romaine lettuce, one fourth cup dried cranberries, three tablespoons goat cheese.
Directions: Combine the first eight ingredients into a large bowl, and then add the lettuce, dried cranberries, and goat cheese. Toss to coat.
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