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Having a salad is one of the most common meal choices that most think of while trying to eat healthily. However, a salad can be your worst enemy if filled with high calorie items such as croutons, cheese &/or fatty salad dressings. We’re not saying to ditch salads, in fact, eating a salad is a great way to load up on your much needed vegetables. That said, YOU are in control of how healthy (or unhealthy) your salad will end up. To make the salad making (or ordering) a bit easier, we recommend that your salad mostly consists of vegetables, very little (or no) cheese or salad dressing.
The easiest way that WE have found to have healthy, yet satisfying salads is to use The Fork Method.
The Fork Method
The Fork Method involves 3 Simple Steps:
~Order your salad with the Dressing “On the Side” –preferably low-fat, or non-fat.
~Dip your Fork into the salad dressing (tapping off the excess dressing from fork)
~Stick that dipped fork into your bite of salad…repeat with each bite.
Even this small amount of dressing will give you more than enough flavor. We must remember that the purpose of using salad dressing isn’t to cover the taste of the lettuce. Even 2 tablespoons of salad dressing can add 150 calories and nearly 16 grams of fat to your otherwise healthy bowl of veggie goodness.
So, next time you order or enjoy a salad at home, have your salad dressing on the side and try the Fork Method. You will use much less dressing, therefore saving a bunch of calories and fat, and will rediscover the intended taste of vegetables.
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