The Absolute Worst Salad Toppings for Weight Loss

D you think you're eating a healthy salad?

A salad gives you the opportunity to not only get vitamins and minerals from the veggies – folic acid, vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium just to list a few –  but the high fiber makes the salad one of the best anti-inflammatory meals. “Always eat the rainbow,” Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, says.

“Each color provides a different vitamin/ mineral profile. The darker and more vibrant, the higher the concentration,” she adds. “Greens, especially dark leafy provide the antioxidants. Additionally, the high fiber component is excellent for diabetics by slowing the rate of glucose / sugars into the system.[slideshow:98707]

Sometimes it’s hard to decide whether a salad is healthy just by looking at it. A brown or old salad should be avoided. “Besides the obvious lack of taste, spoiled vegetables have lost their nutrient value as they oxidize and bacteria can form with spoilage that could make you sick,” Gomer says.

With salads, look for fresh veggies and dark green leaves. Watch out, if weight loss is your goal, for added calorie dense bombs that turn your salad into the calorie content of a burger and fries, Gomer says. “Think fatty dressings, croutons, cheese, bacon bits, avocado, olives, etc.”

If you are looking for a salad to be your meal, then some protein is a great idea. “Think plant protein for the healthiest and leanest option,” Gomer says. Beans (any kind - black beans, garbanzo, kidney) and lentils are the best. Edamame or tofu is also an option, she adds.

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