Most people will readily tell you that a salad is a healthier choice than a burger or any other form of fast food, but few know why this is actually the healthier option other than it contains green veggies. If you are trying to maintain or start a healthier lifestyle or simply trying to drop a few pounds then salads are a great option. Read on to find out why you should be eating more salads .
If you add a salad to your meal plan every day instead of another side or in place of a single meal, the health benefits can be huge. This is because salads can easily work in a couple of servings of fruits or vegetables each day. Even a side salad can be purchased at most fast food restaurants. Why not make this simple change? Salads are full of fiber that can help lower cholesterol and prevent constipation. Salads are filling and can help with weight loss. You can eat a tiny meal or a huge salad for the same number of calories. Salads are cool, crunchy, and can be used as a side or meal. Salads are extremely customizable, so much so that even children may enjoy a salad or two. In order to get you started, included are a couple of creative salad recipes that you may enjoy. Get creative and healthy at the same time.
Boston Lettuce Salad (Serves up to 4)
You will need: ¼ C sliced almonds, 1 large head of Boston lettuce (tear leaves), 1 C of fresh parsley, 10 fresh chives cut into 1 in lengths, 1 C fresh cilantro leaves, 4 T lemon and shallot vinaigrette
Preheat oven to 400 and spread the almonds on a baking sheet to toast (5 to 6 minutes until golden), toss occasionally.
Toss together in a bowl lettuce, cilantro, almonds, chives, and parsley with light vinaigrette
Mesclun Salad (Serves up to 4)
You will need: 6 C of Mesclun, 2 carrots (Halved then sliced thin), 1 can of chickpeas (rinsed 15 oz), ½ C dried cherries, ¼ C fresh dill sprigs, 5 T Balsamic Dijon vinaigrette
In a large bowl toss everything together lightly. Simple and delicious.