You can eat salad as a complete meal plan everyday. There is a wide range of recipes to choose from. The best part is you can experiment with different kinds of sources of vitamins, minerals, proteins, unsaturated fatty acids and complex carbohydrates, all in a one bowl meal. Isn’t it wonderful? If you know how to prepare a healthy salad recipe and have the right ingredients at your disposal, it is easy to prepare and can make your life so easy.
Pack organic green vegetables
Organic green vegetables will form the base of your salad, especially if you want to prepare a healthy vegetarian salad. You can choose from a wide range of green vegetables such as cabbage, iceberg, lettuce, peas which can be eaten raw and broccoli, asparagus, spinach which can be steamed before, so that they are easy to digest in the stomach.
Use lean protein sources
Many people make the mistake of adding too much fat or adding unnecessary fats into their salads. This can come in the form of high saturated fat found in animal fats, butter, processed meat etc… You should try to avoid protein that are high on saturated fat as much as possible.
Add lean protein sources to your salad with certain fishes (like salmon, oysters, sardines), egg whites, chicken breast, dry fruits, olive oil, avocados, chickpeas etc...
Avoid refined carbohydrates
You should avoid refined carbohydrates from going into your salad. Refined carbs not only spikes your sugar levels but also makes you feel hungry faster after your meal. You can instead opt for complex carbohydrates like brown rice, sweet potato, corn, beans, lentils, and peas.
Throw in Fruits and other Veggies
Make your salad interesting by adding different colors of fruits and vegetables to the salad. Add in carrot, coloured capsicum, beetroot, cucumber as veggies and pomegranate, apple, orange, banana, carambola as fruits. There is a lot that can be mixed and matched according to our taste. Add some herbs such as cilantro, ginger or mint leaves to add a punch of flavours to the salad.
Oil Based Dressing
Oil based dressings are light on the stomach, use it with vinegar which will enhance the capability of your body to release fat, thus helping you to lose weight. Olive works as a great oil dressing in salads.
Cheese it up
Use your favourite low fat cheese to add calcium into your salad. Moderate amounts of cheese is not only healthy but also makes you feel full for a longer time and thus will help you maintain a healthy body weight in the long run.
Throw in dry fruits
Last but not the least you can throw in some dry fruits such as cashews, almonds, peanuts, walnuts and raisins to your salad to complete it. Dry fruits are rich in minerals and proteins which will only make the salad more healthy for your body.
It goes without saying that though it is such a versatile and easy meal to prepare, you can go wrong in so many ways, such as adding too much fat, adding refined carbohydrates and not eating the salad fresh in time etc etc… But once you know the right combination you are on your way to having a much healthy body.