Eating salads can be a great way to boost your intake of important vitamins and minerals while increasing the number of fruit and vegetable servings you get, which is key to maintaining a healthy weight. But it can also be all too easy to turn that nutritious salad into a belt-buster if you use the wrong toppings—crumbled bacon, croutons, cheese, deep fried foods such as taco shells, wonton strips and fatty salad dressings are all delicious, but can all pack on loads of calories and fat in the blink of an eye.
The good news is that there plenty of other toppings that can be used instead that are just as tasty. For starters, try using spinach or darker greens for your base as they contain more nutrients than lighter colored greens. Top with a variety of colored vegetables or even fruits for different tastes and textures. Sprinkle on a few pecans or walnuts for some heart-healthy “good” fat. And go easy on the dressing—try varieties like herb-flavored vinegars and olive oil to get more flavor with less.
What’s your own favorite healthy salad ingredient? Share your great idea in the comments below!