5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Healthy Salads

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Now that the weather is warming up, more people are craving light meals. Comfort foods are for the middle of winter when all you have to look forward to is your warm bowl of soup, stew, or spaghetti at the end of the day. During summer, the opposite is true. People have no time for heavy food hangovers, especially when the weather is so nice, and that’s where salads come in. The right salads fill you up and keep you satisfied until your next meal, and even better, they help you stay in tip-top shape for the upcoming bathing suit season.

But while enjoying said salads, consumers commonly commit a salad faux pas, and that’s what we’re here to talk about today. All too often, people ruin the healthfulness of their greens by adding extras to their salads that take their calorie and fat content over the top. The easiest way to save yourself from salad suicide is by being aware of it, so before you harm your salads any longer, here at five mistakes you should avoid. If you’re going to eat the greens, you may as well do it right.

1. Go easy on the cheese

We know that many people’s favorite element of their salads is the cheese, but the dairy product’s nutrition label doesn’t exactly aim to please. Because cheese is loaded with fat, too much of it has the potential to wreck a salad’s calorie and fat content, and that’s why, if you’re going to dabble with the dairy product, you should only sprinkle or shake it onto your salad modestly. Keep in mind that only a quarter come of cheddar cheese comes in at more than 100 calories, and many consumers put much more than a quarter cup on their salads. Other cheeses don’t fare much better, and for example, a quarter cup of goat cheese comes in around 126 calories.

Instead of loading on the good stuff, consider cheese alternatives like nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast, is sold as a food product, and has a taste that resembles cheese. Even better, as its name would suggest, nutritional yeast is nutritious! It is loaded with B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein, and it’s also low in fat. Shake it on your salad, and you won’t even miss the dairy.

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