Salad items that promote healthy weight loss  

Leafy Green Start your salad with a base of leafy greens, which are very low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Options include: – Spinach – Kale – Romaine lettuce – Arugula

Lean Protein Adding protein to your salad can help increase satiety and support muscle maintenance during weight loss. Some good choices are: – Grilled chicken or turkey breast – Tofu or tempeh – Boiled or poached egg – Canned tuna in water

Fibrous Vegetable These add volume and fiber to your salad without a lot of calories. Try including a variety of colors and types: – Bell pepper – Cucumber – Tomatoe – Carrot – Broccoli

Complex Carbohydrate Including a source of complex carbohydrates can help make your salad more filling and provide sustained energy: – Quinoa – Sweet potatoe – Chickpeas or other bean

Healthy Fat Healthy fats are essential for nutrient absorption and long-lasting satiety, but they are calorie-dense, so moderation is key: – Avocado – Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios) — keep portions small – Seeds (chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds)

Fresh Herbs and Flavor Add-on Add flavor without extra calories using herbs and other low-calorie items: – Fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or basil – Green onions or red onion – Garlic (minced fresh or granulated)

Low-Calorie Dressing Salad dressings can be a hidden source of excessive calories and fats. Opt for light and healthy homemade dressings such as: – A squeeze of lemon or lime juice – Vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, red wine) – A small amount of olive oil mixed with vinegar and mustard

Additional Tips: Watch Your Portions: Even healthy ingredients can lead to weight gain if eaten in excessive amounts. Avoid High-Calorie Add-Ons: Be cautious of ingredients like croutons, creamy dressings, cheese, and dried fruits, which can quickly increase the calorie content of your salad.

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