Colors and different toppings can turn that potentially blah salad into something special for lunch or dinner. Get some tips from Renown dietitians on how to go further with this healthy diet staple.
Editor’s Note: Every week in March, BestMedicine will be featuring stories from the dietitians at Renown Health on how to “Go Further With Food,” which is the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month.
Salads have become a staple of the healthy diet. Still, it’s a challenge to keep it fresh (literally and figuratively) and interesting if you are adding more than a handful of salads to your diet for better health and wellness.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has some tips on how to further with those salads, including adding extras for variety and ways to color meals with the right kinds of salad ingredients. This way, building a salad can be as fun as it is delicious.
Add Variety, Not Calories
The temptation is there to build a green and veggie-packed salad but and then top it with a ton of extras that are high in calories. Don’t worry: According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, there are some unexpected toppings that boost flavor as well as the healthfulness of your salad.
Ideas include edible flowers, spices such as rosemary and thyme, fruit such as orange and pears, plus ways to properly measure the right amount of dressing. Get the full skinny here.
Salads in Living Color
One thing to always remember for salad ingredients: using a variety of colors indicates the presence of nutritious ingredients needed for good health.
There are different types of ingredients that you can use that can be the building blocks to a great salad: leafy greens, colorful veggies, things to throw on (including cheese, nuts and healthy fats) and lean protein. Here’s a look at ways to color your plate like a true culinary artist.
To receive an assessment on your specific dietary needs, schedule a consultation with one of Renown’s registered dietitians at Renown Health Improvement Programs. Call 775-982-5073.