You may think you’re making a healthy meal choice when you choose a salad. Choose some salads, however, and you would have had less fat and calories if you had gone ahead and had that burger you were craving.

Here are some things you should do to make sure you’re actually getting a healthy salad.

Choose a variety of greens. Iceberg is the least nutritious lettuce. For more nutrition and variety, choose from a variety of greens, including spinach, arugula, and leaf lettuce. Generally, the richer the color of the green, the more nutritious it is.

Limit the number of proteins on your salad. A single serving of a lean meat, like grilled chicken or shrimp, is best. Avoid fried meats, fatty meats like bacon, and extra servings of cheese, eggs, and nuts.

Ask for your salad dressing on the side. Since we use salad dressings to add moisture to our salads, try adding moisture in a healthier way, like adding a sprinkle of red wine vinegar or lemon juice. This will not only add moisture and flavor, but it will make the dressing you do use go a lot farther.

Watch out for those crunchy toppings. Croutons are just fried bread, after all. If you want crunch, choose vegetables instead.



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