Food Focus: Salads

Salads can be so diverse that they are a fun way to try something new. You can mix any combination of vegetables, toppings, and dressings to make something totally original or you can stick to a recipe. I like to make sure that my salads have a couple of key ingredients to help me get the most nutrients I can. I start with a base consisting of some type of leaf. I try to pick darker leaves like spinach or kale because they are more nutrient dense. Then I choose some vegetables to include on my salad. The key is to incorporate color. Some good ones to include on any salad are tomatoes, onions, avocados, cucumbers, radishes, and even carrots. Next, I add a source of protein. I do this by adding nuts, beans, or a lean meat like chicken or turkey. Finally, it’s time to add the dressing. I like to do an oil and vinegar type salad dressing consisting of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, however this is where you can get creative. Be cautious when choosing a dressing to avoid covering your health salad in an unhealthy sauce. Make sure you check the ingredients in the dressing as well as the fat and sugar content. The fun thing about salads is you can mix any ingredients together to make something just for you.

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