As much as I enjoy making healthy meals at home, sometimes I’m just too busy to cook.
My kids get real excited when they hear that, because they know it means…
We’re all going out for a family dinner!
There’s a great Mexican restaurant by my house that we all enjoy.
I figured it was a good choice because they have a lot of salads on the menu. And when we sat down, I was surprised to see my daughter Paula actually excited to order one.
She usually never orders salads, but she really wanted this taco salad. She told me, “Mom, it’s the bomb… and it’s healthy!”
So I was happy with her decision.
Until minutes later, when they actually brought that salad to the table.
Sure, it kind of looked like a salad. It was in a bowl and had lettuce. But on top of that lettuce were piles of high calorie ingredients.
A taco shell… beans… cheese… meat… guacamole…
Not exactly the “light meal” I thought it was.
So I did a little investigating.
And what I found, shocked me. Because it turns out, that healthy salad… actually has
a whopping 1100 calories.
That’s more than most burgers have!
But this problem isn’t just limited to this restaurant.
It’s extremely common.
People order salads thinking they’re making a healthy choice…
But once you add all those toppings onto that salad…
The croutons… the bacon… the dressing…
The calories really start to add up.
All of a sudden… even though it comes in a salad bowl… it isn’t healthy anymore!
And if you’re relying on these salads as one of your fat loss foods, you’re going to have a lot of trouble losing weight.
So to keep your salad healthy, instead of becoming a burger in disguise… you have to make sure to ditch all those high-calorie toppings.
(Like the fried taco shell, which has 390 calories by itself!)
You want to stick to leaner protein sources as the meat in your salad.
Grilled chicken is a much healthier choice than ground beef.
But there’s another way to really boost the nutritional value of your salad.
It’s real simple…
Just use the right kind of lettuce.
Iceberg lettuce—which is that light green kind you see in most salads—is the highest in calories, but the lowest in nutritional value. It doesn’t have many vitamins or minerals.
But you can make your salad much healthier by replacing that lettuce with dark leafy greens.
Spinach is a fantastic source of Vitamin K.
And romaine lettuce contains a healthy amount of Vitamin A… while adding a pleasant crunch to your salad.
By following these guidelines, your salad becomes healthy again… and those pounds
and inches begin melting off.