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Best and Worst Salad Toppings

Not Every Salad is a Healthy One


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Thanks for all the advice and suggestions. This was really helpful to me when I eat out or make my own. Report
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Thanks for sharing Report
Thanks for the suggestions. I love kale. Report
Love spinach and kale. Long gone are the days for me of iceberg lettuce! And really mindful about the toppings! Report
Spinach please Report
I've begun to try kale in mixed salad greens. Have been pretty skeptical about trying it. Surprisingly, at least with a mix, I like it!
Michele Obama needed to push calorie reduction because that was easier for the average person to follow. The nutrition part comes from the schools and teachers and takes a long while to learn. Even doctors don't know a lot about nutrition. And the parents of the little darlings could learn on their own, but expect schools to do it for them. Report
Great comment on Michele. They were big on introducing arugula into our salads. I think 90% of the people that voted for them did not know that vegetable. Report
I think it is sad that just because it is a salad that people think it is good for them. I think Michelle Obama should have worried less about reducing the calories in school lunches and more about educating children on nutrition. Report
Some great ideas here but beware of low calorie and low fat dressings as they are not always a healthier choice. My husband loves Kraft Zesty Italian dressing so I decided to compare the nutritional information for the regular Zesty Italian, the Calorie Wise Zesty Italian and the Fat Free Italian dressing one day.

The regular dressing has 25 calories/Tbsp with 2.5 grams of fat, of which only 0.3 grams are saturated, and 110 mg of sodium.

The "calorie wise" dressing has 5 calories/Tbsp with 0.4 grams of fat and 140 mg of sodium.

The "fat free" dressing also 5 calories/Tbsp with 0 grams of fat and 180 mg of sodium.

When they reduce or remove the fat from foods to make them healthier it is generally replaced with either sugar or salt, and sometimes both!

I buy the regular Zesty Italian dressing because the fat in it is polyunsaturated which helps our bodies absorb all those vitamins & minerals that are in the fruits & veggies and I don't want the extra sodium, thank you very much.

There are definitely times where it is a good idea to choose low calorie or fat free products but, in my experience, salad dressings is not one of them. You have to read the labels and compare. I first learned of this when I took a heart healthy eating workshop led by a dietician who specialized cardiovascular care. Report
Have you ever tried a salad with dandelions, or violets, How about boiled milkweed tops or the immature fruit of a cattail. Jerusalem artichokes are good. Boiled skunk cabbage is very healthy(because of the smell- I don't eat it, but have), It's kinda like kimche, not bad if the smell doesn't get ya or baalot (pickled gorrami fish ( the smell of that will wake you right up. I like to eat a lot of wild foods and mushrooms; with which one must be very careful. Report
I generally opt for healthy salads, Blue cheese is my favorite dressing but I have learned to live with one I developed which is very healthy, no cheese but vinegar spices and olive oil. I eat a spoon of feta cheese with it on the salad. Sometimes I combine salad with 97% fat free ham and turkey sliced up in a chefs salad with a sliced Hard boiled egg some homemade tomato soup and a couple slices of toasted whole grain 12 grain bread dressed with 2TB homemade toasted garlic, jalapeno hummus. I call that a meal Report
I build my salads very carefully. I use spinach kale and romaine lettuce, black beans, kidney beans and chick peas. Beets, baby corn, carrots, celery, carrot, cucumber and tomatoes. Shrimp, crab meat, roasted chicken... Nothing fried, nothing breaded. Usually no dressing except a squirt of lemon juice.

I love going to a salad bar, because I can choose a huge, healthy, low fat, low sodium meal.

Gail Report
I liked the tips on this article, but as a few people said, low fat dressing tastes awful! Since I eat mostly vegetarian, I found that I don't usually get enough fat in my diet. Therefore, regular dressing works fine for me if I chose to eat it. One thing bad about the low fat dressing is they use sugar to replace the fat. Sugar is worse for you than most fats. My favorite is balsalmic vinegar with a good olive oil, which is a good fat for you. Just remember to read the ingredients before you eat that dressing. Report

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