It is hard to find a food that beats salad for helping us slim down. But the health benefits of salad apply to more that just losing weight. Let us dive into the benefits of making and eating salads.
This week we encourage you all to make a salad. Try to add in a new vegetable that you typically dont eat to spice it up. Quinoa is another healthy option to add to your salad this week.
Most of us know that salads are healthy, in a general sense. But specifically, do you know why we should eat salads and what specific health benefits they have?
First, salads are a satisfying way to fill up without consuming a ton of calories. According to health.howstuffworks, leafy greens are one of the lowest calorie foods available. Raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and red peppers are very low in calories, as well.
Salads can be very filling if you add the right ingredients. This is partly because the fresh vegetables in salads contain large amounts of water, but also because salads are typically high in fiber, making us feel full. Nutrition-and-you is a great resource this week, as it gives a chart of every vegetable you could possibly think of and its health benefits. For example, beans, peas, artichoke, and apples are some particularly high-fiber salad ingredients that you can add. Besides making us full, this fiber can prevent constipation and lower cholesterol levels.
The above article also explains salad’s other contributors to heart health include the ever-useful antioxidants, like vitamin C in broccoli, strawberries and bell peppers; vitamin E in sunflower seeds and spinach; folate in romaine lettuce and asparagus; and beta-carotene in orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes. Antioxidants may also play a role in preventing cancer.
Salads don’t have to be boring dinner options. There are thousands of ingredient combinations for making a salad. You can even make your own salad dressing too. Try a hearty tuna salad one day, an Asian apple slaw another day, or a southwestern cobb salad. Foodnetwork provides 50 simple salad recipes that we recommend you check out this week!
You can even add quinoa (a powerfood vegetable seed) to your salad this week. Quinoa has a high content of protein and is a great source of riboflavin, according to care2.com. It is also gluten-free and provides all of the eight essential amino acids.