STAY HEALTHY: REASONS TO EAT A SALAD TODAYSTAY HEALTHY: REASONS TO EAT A SALAD TODAY https://www.delphineremy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/salads-1024x1024.jpg 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach https://www.delphineremy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/salads-1024x1024.jpg
11:16am…. and nearly lunch time. What did you have planned for today? I’m willing to bet it wasn’t a salad. Even with Buddha Bowls being the new food trend, salads go continuously underrated yet happen to be one of the healthiest (and simplest) eating habits you can adopt.
Salads > Fast Food
We have all used “limited time” and “limited funds” as a justification for grabbing fast food but did you know fresh veggies and greens go for pennies on the dollar at most local markets? And time is of the essence, so today I want to show you just how easy it is to throw together a fresh and filling salad at home in under 5 minutes. Nearly all fruits and veggies are in season making it the perfect time to try out new ingredients and test out new combinations.
Fiber, Fiber, Fiber
You will notice cabbage, carrots, celery and lettuce on a few of the salads listed below because these ingredients are high in fiber which can lower cholesterol and prevent digestive issues such as constipation. Eating a high-fiber meal or being on a high-fiber diet can help you feel fuller longer, curbing cravings.
Fruit + Vegetable Salad
It’s a well-known fact that many of us are not eating enough greens, and that includes fruits and vegetables. Research shows those that do eat lots of fruits and vegetables are at a significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with chronic diseases, particularly cancer. By adding fruits and vegetables to your daily diet or salad, you increase your intake of potassium and antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, folic acid and lycopene.
Fewer Calories, More Satisfaction
When we’re hungry, we never necessarily crave a big bowl of greens — we typically crave a big juicy burger. But what if that bowl of greens is topped with grilled chicken or steak, sliced avocado, tomatoes and chickpeas? Sound more appetizing? Salads can be what you want them to be and the good news is, research shows that by simply adding greens and veggies to your plate you increase levels of satiety (satisfaction) — reducing how much you eat, which means fewer calories.
Healthy Fats : Olive oil + Avocado + Nuts
If you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times over. There is such thing as healthy fats and they come in the form of butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados and Omega-3s.
These healthy fats help the body absorb protective phytochemicals, like lycopene and lutein and they also reduce LDL levels and decrease risk of stroke and heart disease.
Don’t feel limited to eating the same salad year in and year out. Let your ingredients change with the seasons and let flavors from all over the world influence your pallet. I’ve put together a chart to help you get started. Always remember to “Eat Colorfully”.
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