Here's some expert advice from Vandana Verma, the nutritionist on our panel
SALADS FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Salads are known to be the best food for weight management but not all ingredients, identifying the right ingredient and utilising it makes a salad worth eating.What are the ideal ingredients to a perfect salad.
USE AN OIL BASED SALAD DRESSING
Here's why: Many nutrients specifically vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, which means your body cannot absorb and use them without some fat present. So a fat-free dressing is actually counterintuitive! In fact, a recent study found that people who ate salads dressed with a canola or olive oil-based dressing had higher levels of carotenoids (vitamin A-like compounds) in their blood. Plus, ample research shows these unsaturated fatty acids can help melt belly fat and make your salad more filling. Even better? Toss the oil with vinegar, a proven fat releaser: Studies show it can help prevent blood sugar spikes after meals.AT raw leaf this is perfectly blended and given to u in a salad to make it a perfect blend.
MIX UP YOUR GREENS
Every type of greens romaine, radicchio, iceberg, spinach boasts its own unique nutrients and healthy benefits. For optimal nutrition, mix them up (either within the same bowl, or from day to day). Also consider adding some herbs, like basil or parsley; they pack a strong punch of flavor and loads of disease-fighting antioxidants. And the more flavorful your salad naturally is, the fewer high-cal ingredients you'll need to add for taste.Again at Raw leaf you get the most fresh and sparkling greens which add the nutrition to your bowl of health.Keep hooked to know more facts and ideal ingredients for ur salads...
SAY YES TO CHEESE
When sprinkled in moderation, low-fat cheese helps people maintain a healthy weight, burn fat, and be less hungry, because it's a rich source of calcium, which helps release fat. I like paper-thin slices of parmesan, a few balls of creamy mozzarella cheese, or some shredded cheddar.
LEAN ON PROTEIN
Whether you choose grilled chicken or salmon, edamame or tofu, or nuts or seeds, you'll release fat and feel more full. Stick to a healthy serving size to keep calories in check (a few ounces of meat, or a quarter cup of beans).
THROW IN PLENTY OF OTHER FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Research shows that many vitamins and minerals have unique synergistic effectsâ€”meaning that theyâ€™re even more powerful when eaten together. So pack your salad with as many other veggies or fruits as possible! Carrots, cucumbers, different colored peppers, broccoli, peas, artichokes, strawberries, raspberries, or pears are great choices to get in different textures as well as plenty of filling fiber.
SKIP THE CROUTONS
White-bread croutons have few nutrients and a high glycemic load, which means they cause a sharp spike in blood sugar. Instead, satisfy your craving for crunch with nuts or seeds and different veggies. Still want carbs? I like to add brown rice or protein-packed quinoa, which research shows decreases body fat and overall food consumption.