Adding Salad to your Menu
A daily salad may appear to be a simple thing, but it can be a life-changing lifestyle adjustment. Eating a salad every day can improve your life in a variety of ways.
To begin with, a salad is full of vegetables such as carrots, beets, and other root vegetables, and no matter which ones you choose, you'll find that this is an excellent method to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. The majority of people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables each day, and a salad can contain as many as 5-10 veggies, all of which can contribute to better health.
A salad, as part of your improved general health, can also help reduce your risk of cancer. Because many great vegetables contain antioxidants, eating a salad every day can significantly minimize your risk of contracting this life-threatening condition.
Another amazing benefit of eating a salad every day is weight loss. Did you know that those who eat a salad are less hungry all the time? For the most part this is most likely due to the high fiber nature of a salad. Higher fiber foods not only serve to enhance the function of your digestive tract, which can help you lose weight, but they can also boost your metabolism and provide a natural colon cleanse. Because most people don't get enough fiber in their diets, a salad a day might be quite beneficial to your elimination process.
Salads are naturally low in calories, allowing you to stuff your plate with a variety of healthy foods and still not overeat. Of course, it's best to stick to a low-calorie dressing and use it moderately. While fat-free dressings may appear to be a better option, they actually neutralize some of the salad's health benefits. For best health benefits, use a dressing that contains at least some fat.
If you're thinking about making some healthy lifestyle changes but aren't sure where to start, try eating a salad every day for lunch. You will discover that doing so allows you to become healthier while also providing you with a variety of options for a balanced diet and the ability to eat out at any restaurant. A salad a day may well be more effective than an apple in keeping the doctor away.
Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise, to taste honey and lemon juice, ½ celery chopped, ½ cup walnuts toast & chopped, ½ grapes seedless, chopped, ¼ cup raisins, 1 piece apple cored and diced, 1 head lollo rosso lettuce, washed and trim.
Directions: Combine mayonnaise with honey and lemon juice. Season to taste. Add nuts, celery, raisins grapes and apple. Serve on a plate of greens and chilled.
Ingredients: 1 cup diced cucumber, 1 diced onion, 2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, half cup of diced bell peppers (red and yellow), 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: In a large salad bowl, carefully combine all of the above ingredients: cucumber, onion, bell peppers, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Cover and store in the refrigerator. This healthy salad recipe is best served chilled.
Ingredients: 100 grams fresh corn, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 chopped onion, 2 tablespoons fresh basil, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: Boil the corn and then drain it. Mix the corn kernels, onions, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste when the corn has cooled. To chill, cover and place in the refrigerator. Place the fresh basil on top of the salad just before serving. This salad is easy to prepare and low in calories. If you want, you can add green or red bell peppers.
Red Bean Salad with Feta Cheese
Ingredients: 1 can of drained red beans, 2 chopped green onions, 1 cup finely chopped cabbage, 1 chopped red bell pepper, ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 ounces feta cheese, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: In a large mixing bowl, gently combine all of the ingredients. Cover it and place it in the fridge for a few hours. Find delight in this low-calorie salad.
Tuna Fettuccine Salad
Ingredients: 200 grams pasta, half tin of drained tuna, 1 chopped tomato, 1 small chopped green bell pepper, ½ ripe olives and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Directions: Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and drain it. In a large mixing basin, combine the tuna, tomato, bell pepper, and olives. Serve with vinegar. Tuna is a low-fat, high-protein fish, so this salad is nutritious.
Ingredients: Half cup peeled and shredded beet, 1 sliced onions, half grated apple, 1 cup shredded red cabbage, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: In a skillet, heat the oil and stir and cook the onions and cabbage until tender. Separately combine the apple, sugar, and vinegar, then add to the onions and cabbage in the skillet. Also add the shredded beet. Season with salt and pepper. Serve after a minute of cooking. Another alternative is to cold and chill the dish before eating it.
Ingredients: 1 cup cooked bite sized chicken, half cup grated carrots, half cup shredded cabbage, half cup sliced mushrooms, 1 green sliced onion, 1 tablespoon cilantro, 2 tablespoons low fat salad dressing, black pepper.
Directions: In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except green onions. Green onions and pepper are optional garnishes. This is a salad that is good for your health.
Ingredients: Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, ½ tsp salt, 1 whole egg, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice,2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup neutral flavored oil (I like avocado oil or olive oil), 1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce, and you can add grilled steak or chicken if you like, Crack black pepper to taste.
Directions: Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces or chop with a knife. Combine the oil, mince the garlic and worcestershire sauce into a bowl, simply shake the container until thoroughly mixed. Toss the lettuce with the dressing, sprinkle parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.
Useful Trivia: If you season your salad with a little olive oil, you might get a few extra years out of it. According to Italian studies on persons aged 60 and up, a diet rich in olive oil and raw vegetables is associated with a lower risk of death.
These salad recipes can be served for dinner, lunch, or as a snack. Salads are always good for you; just choose dressing wisely.
Lovely Tolentino (author) from Philippines on May 30, 2021:
Yes me too. Thank you for reading.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 30, 2021:
I am getting hungry seeing these delicious salad photos. I love salad. Thank you for sharing.