Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Health Advice: Smart Salads

Q: I realize that salad dressing can be high in fat.  What are some other items to be aware of at the salad bar?

A: You are smart to realize that not all salads are good for you.  Some items that make a healthy salad are grilled chicken breast, tofu, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, edamame, quinoa, raw veggies, and a light dusting of Parmesan cheese for flavor.  Dressing is where people load up on the unnecessary calories.  Always ask for the dressing on the side and dip your fork in the dressing instead of pouring it on.  If you are looking for a healthy dressing try using salsa (more fruits and veggies than fat), fruit juice, vinegar, or yogurt.   

Recipe Ideas:
Chicken Avocado Salad
Green Goddess Salad
Italian Antipasto Salad
Eating Well Power Salad (chef salad)

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