Healthy Foods to Eat at a Salad Bar

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Healthy Foods to Eat at a Salad Bar

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Healthy Foods to Eat at a Salad Bar

Don't fool yourself into thinking that all salads are healthy. There are many fat traps lurking at the salad bar—you just need to know how to avoid them! With a few simple swap outs, you can build a satisfying salad that won't derail your diet.

Start with a healthy base
A good rule of thumb when picking lettuce: the darker the leaf, the more nutritious. Swap out pale iceberg for vitamin-packed romaine, spinach or radicchio. Two other nutritional powerhouses are potassium-rich endive and red cabbage, which is loaded with phytonutrients.

Load up on the right veggies
Not all vegetables are created equal. Fill your plate with smart picks: carrots, peas and broccoli. A colorful mix will provide you with a variety of nutrients. Beware of anything drenched in oil, such as sun-dried tomatoes; instead opt for fresh tomatoes, an excellent source of lycopene.

Pump up protein
Protein is a must-have to keep you satisfied. Just don't reach for anything battered and fried. Stick with lean proteins like skinless chicken or turkey, salmon or tuna. If you want a vegetarian option, go for legumes. Half a cup of canned beans packs 6 grams of fiber and more than a quarter of your daily protein for about 100 calories.

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