Salads are suppose to be healthy right? But some salads, like a traditional Cobb salad, can contain more than 1,000 calories and 80 grams of fat. The good news is there are ways to build better, healthier, great tasting fill-you-up salads that will be the low-cal meal you want.


 


According to JOYBAUER.com here’s how:


 


1. A strong, healthy base - means a nutritious and colorful foundation like mesclun greens, baby spinach or spring mix. And you can have two cups for less than 20 calories.


Salads are suppose to be healthy right? But some salads, like a traditional Cobb salad, can contain more than 1,000 calories and 80 grams of fat. The good news is there are ways to build better, healthier, great tasting fill-you-up salads that will be the low-cal meal you want.

 

According to JOYBAUER.com here’s how:

 

1. A strong, healthy base - means a nutritious and colorful foundation like mesclun greens, baby spinach or spring mix. And you can have two cups for less than 20 calories.

 

2. Veggies - chose a variety such as red bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cucumber and red onions. The calorie count ‹ 25 or less per 1/2 cup.

 

3. Protein - pick one selection, or two if you’re really hungry, of lean protein like three-ounces of skinless chicken, turkey breast, water-packed tuna, salmon or sirloin steak. Other choices include 1/2 cup tofu, 3/4 cup chickpeas, kidney beans or other legumes. Stay away from anything fried or in a heavy sauce.

 

4. Extras ‹ choose one extra. But remember a little goes a long way - 2 tablespoons cheddar, Parmeasn, goat, Swiss or feta cheese; 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or chopped walnuts or sliced almonds; 1-ounce avocado 10 small olives, 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or raisins or 1/4 cup croutons.

 

5. Go light on the dressing - choose light, low-calorie or low-fat options or make your own vinaigrette by using one part oil and three parts vinegar. Add mustard, lemon, 100 percent fruit jam or spices for added flavor.