Amazing Salad Tricks to Help You Lose More Weight
Making efforts to lose weight? Try out these healthy salad recipes to help release more fat. Although a skinny salad may sound intelligent but there are certain ways you can make it high in nutrients and low fat.
Listed below are some surprising tricks you can use to make salads to reduce weight:
Make Friends with Greens
Include all types of greens into your salad. Iceberg lettuce, romaine, spinach, radicchio, and mustards are the best options. High in nutrients and boasting healthy benefits, greens can be combined with health benefitting herbs such as parsley or herbs. These are flavored and come loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants. Adding flavor to your salad means you will need fewer high-calorie ingredients to delight your taste buds.
Add oil-based salad dressing. Did you know most nutrients mainly vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble. This means your body is unable to absorb and use these if no fat is present. So going for a fat-free dressing may not help. A research has revealed that people who consumed salads with olive oil or canola based dressing showed higher levels of carotenoids (compounds similar to vitamin A) in their blood. Some other research has proved that unsaturated fatty acids are helpful in melting belly fat. These also make salad more filling. You can toss some oil with vinegar in the salad. The combination releases fat and even prevents blood sugar spikes post meals.
Say Yes to Cheese
Low fat cheese can be sprinkled on salad in moderation. This is important to maintain a healthy weight. It also helps in burning fat and makes you feel less hungry. Cheese is a rich source of calcium, a crucial ingredient that helps release fat. Go for a variety that you like such as cheddar, mozzarella, or parmesan.
Add a Lot of Fruits and Veggies (A Lot!)
Research has revealed that certain vitamins and minerals possess unique synergistic properties which means they become more powerful when consumed together. Hence, it is good to pack your salad with some other vegetables and fruits. So consider combining cucumbers, peas, broccoli, colored peppers, broccoli, strawberries, artichokes, pears, and raspberries in varied textures. This will help you add a lot of fiber in your salad. It is good for reaching weight loss goal.
Lean on Protein
Weight loss and protein consumption has a direct association. So include salmon, chicken, nuts, tofu, seeds, or nuts in your regular diet regime. You may grill chicken or salmon. The idea is to have lean protein (skinless) and stick to a very healthy serving size.
Say NO to Croutons
White-bread croutons might taste awesome but have very few nutrients. These are also known to have very high glycemic load which makes them cause sharp spike in blood sugar. Your craving for something crunchy can be satisfied by adding seeds or nuts and a number of veggies. If carbs are your weakness when hunger strikes, add some brown rice. You may even go for quinoa, packed with protein. Research reveals that these help in reducing body fat. It can even help you to cut down on overall food consumption.