While fitness journey is synonymous with a commitment which requires a certain kind of discipline e.g. that is not to indulge in unhealthy eating habits. Salads, on the other hand, are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle which incorporates foods that are diverse and nutritious in every way possible. Since weight loss journey is a serious commitment, your salads don’t have to be bland. Salads can be interesting, tasty and healthy when the right ingredients are paired together. Salads made at home can be just as appetizing, if you follow a few tips, and balance everything from textures to colors.
Diversity Of Textures And Tastes
Basically a good salad is an amalgamation of a variety of tastes and textures. Variety of textures and tastes will also make it visually appealing salad packed with healthy produce. A good salad is basically packed with soft cheeses, crunchy chia seeds to toasted nuts. The mouthfeels caused by oils, light drizzling of salt and pepper to amp up the taste, and a bit of added sharpness with the help of acids will add a healthy yet flavorful taste to any salad.
Pack On The Protein
Pack on protein-rich sources such as chicken, beans, eggs, tofu, edamame,fish,Quinoa, tuna and cottage cheese will make your salad a little healthier and ensure that you stay satisfied longer.The serving should be size of your palm.
Dress It Up
If you don’t have time to make a dressing, simply stick with something simple. Maybe a little oil, vinegar or citrus juice, salt, and pepper. You can also use things like salsa or hummus as a dressing of sorts.
Toppings to Add Extra Flavor + Texture
This is where the healthy fats come in and there are so many options. The serving should be anywhere from 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup.
- Cheese (I recommend crumbled feta, gorgonzola, and goat cheese)
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.)
- Seeds (sunflower, hemp, chia, flax, etc.)
Add Smart Carbs
Don’t fear carbs! Skip the processed carbs and load your salad up with a serving of whole grain, real food carbs. Aim for 1/3 – 1/2 cup serving.
- Beans and quinoa (they count as both protein and carbs)
- Grains (rice, millet, freekeh, barley, etc)
- Starchy veggies like sweet potato or winter squash (I highly recommend sweet potato croutons)
- Fruit (berries, grapes, and chopped apples are great, but any type of fruit works)
In short, your salads don't have to be boring hence follow these tips and tricks and make your salad paced with nutritional value as well as upgraded taste.With a little effort, salads can be amazingly versatile and make a healthy addition to almost any meal.