Not all salads are created equal. If you’re going to have one with bacon and doused in creamy dressing, you might as well be having a rack of barbecued pork ribs.
Here are 5 tips to creating a healthy salad you’ll actually like.
1. It’s all about the preparation
Take the time to prepare your salad well – you’d be surprised by the difference it makes.
Don’t just run your salad leaves under water. Swish them around a bowl of cold water and let them soak for a little to remove the grit and freshen up the greens. Invest in a salad spinner to dry the leaves after – wet greens is the recipe to a disappointing salad.
2. Don’t avoid the proteins…
Salads aren’t just all boring green stuff – don’t forget the meats.
Proteins keep you full for longer, keeping the urge to snack at bay; the energy from proteins are also released more slowly throughout the day, so you won’t feel sluggish immediately after lunch.
Go for lean meats such as chicken breast or turkey ham.
3. …Or the carbs!
The complex carbs, at least.
Simple carbs (sugars) are processed quicker – they’re the ones that give you the spike of energy, but also the dreaded dip that follows shortly after, the vicious enemy of mankind known as the food coma.
Go for complex carbs such as broccoli, zucchini, or corn. Brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, and the like also make for great fillers.
4. Spice up your meats
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to stick to baked chicken breasts every day – season your meat with herbs such as rosemary and basil and other natural ingredients like lime juice (rather than sauces) for a practically calorie-free marinade.
5. Dress it up lightly
Less is more, so don’t drown your salad in dressing.
Pro tip: pick salad ingredients that you actually like – that way, you’ll be having the salad for itself and the dressing as a complement, not the other way around.
By Pinky Chng, April 2016