Salads help you slim down by encouraging you to eat more veggies| but they’re not always a “skinny” choice ¡ª thanks to high-calorie toppings. A simple green salad that you thought was low in calories can quickly turn into a meal that’s well over 600. Go crazy with whatever raw veggies you want| but if you love high-fat dressings| dietician Julie Upton| MS| RD| of Appetite for Health recommends using less and adding vinegar or fresh-squeezed lemon juice so you get all the flavor but with much fewer calories. And your salad shouldn’t be a topping free-for-all ¡ª even when adding healthy ingredients. Be mindful of how much cheese| nuts| seeds| and dressing you’re sprinkling or drizzling on and stick to a total of one to two tablespoons.
Pin or print this reminder| and then get more nutrition coaching| workouts| and meal plans at our Get Fit 2015 page.