Salad is The Diet Food of choice, but it takes finesse. You can’t just throw some iceberg lettuce out of a bag into a bowl and drown it in salad dressing and think to yourself: “ah, health”. It doesn’t work that way, so don’t try and tell yourself that you’re making the perfect salad just because it’s dressed up with so many ingredients you can’t even tell that it was once a salad.
Account for Taste
Some extra add-ons to everyone’s favorite leafy vegetable are okay, and if you want the salad to be anywhere near palatable you have to account for your own tastes and incorporate that into your perfect salad. If you like cheese toss a little bit of shredded cheese on top of the salad. If you want to get a serving of fruits you like at the same time you get a serving of vegetables from the salad, cut up some apples and sprinkle them in. It’s easy to incorporate things you like to eat into the salad, that way you can eat the things that are suited to your tastes even if you aren’t the biggest fan of salad.
Get the Perfect Ingredients
Only the freshest ingredients are allowed to be in the perfect salad, it’s a rule. If the vegetables or mushy or the dressing is just a little too warm, it won’t work. If you want to make the perfect salad, you have to have the perfect ingredients. Try going to a farmer’s market instead of your typical grocery store! Make an exercise out of it by jogging to the farmer’s market instead of driving, and use the bags full of fresh produce to work out your arm muscles on a day you might not be able to get to the gym otherwise! Try out new combinations of ingredients that you might not normally try, like a new type of nut combined with a fruit you might not have considered.
Don’t Skimp On the Preparation
The perfect salad isn’t an accident. It can’t be made just be throwing ingredients into a bowl and eating it, because that’s just not how things work. Besides, if you’re doing that, you’re more likely to eat more food because you’re just throwing it haphazardly into a bowl. Take the time to pull the leaves off of the head of lettuce, take the time to cut up the vegetables neatly and don’t dump the dressing into the bowl with no care for over-saturating part of the salad and leaving the rest uncomfortably dry. We’re not saying it has to be an art form, but taking the time to prepare your salad well will make sure that you’re really enjoying what might be an otherwise boring meal.
Proportion It Well
If you’re trying to eat healthy, proportions are key. This is especially true if you’re trying to lose weight and are just starting out down the road of trying to eat healthier but it applies to everyone. Don’t give your salad too many lettuce leaves or it’ll seem like that’s all you’re eating. That will bore you very quickly. Alternatively, don’t overdo it on the dressing. Make sure you’re paying attention to serving sizes and how much fat is in the dressing if it’s a creamy-based one and make sure that the sugars in any fruit you’re using don’t overdo it on your recommended intake for the day. Proportions are everything when it comes to eating healthy and just because you’re eating a seemingly healthy salad doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want.