Conventional wisdom tells us that eating salads is good for us and should help us lose weight. As a result, people often order salads as a replacement for a main course. However, our conventional wisdom may not tell the entire story.
Salads may contain hidden calories and most people are unaware of the dangers they pose. They are often marketed as “healthy” but contain more calories than a hamburger. Extra ingredients such as salad dressing, croutons and cheese can add a significant amount of calories to your salad.
One serving of salad dressing can add as much as 200 calories to your meal. Add in calories from cheese and other extras and you could be eating a salad that contains nearly 1000 calories. One of these calorie heavy salads can completely sabotage your diet. It is important to find alternative ways to add flavor to your salad.
Salsa can act as a healthier replacement for salad dressing. Salsa contains fewer calories than conventional salad dressing and it is also an excellent source of fiber. Fiber can be an effective tool for weight loss due to its ability to make you feel satiated. Additionally, salsa typically has a low salt content while most salad dressing contains a significant amount of salt.
You can replace the flavor and crunchiness of croutons by adding nuts and raw vegetables. Croutons are highly processed from white bread and contain hydrogenated oils that will only add empty calories to your salad.
Cheese is a significant source of fat that is commonly used in salads. If you use cheese in your salad, it should be used sparingly. Stick to natural cheeses such as blue cheese or feta cheese.