Eat a salad every day. This is, by far, one of the easiest things you can do to boost your health and wellness. And I’m not talking about a little side salad – although if that’s where you need to start, that’s perfectly fine. I’m talking about a big serving bowl size salad – just for you! I’m also talking about that much salad that’s actually made up mostly of greens – not iceberg lettuce and not a little lettuce to go with your mountain of pieces of bacon and croutons, but red and dark green leafy vegetables. The benefits of salad are numerous. First, if you’re putting that much good stuff in your body, you’ll only have so much room for bad stuff. Second and third, according to Colorado State University, salad greens are rich in nutrients. They contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, folate, fiber, and phytonutrients, plus they don’t contain cholesterol and are naturally low in calories and sodium.
The thing to be most careful with about salads is that you don’t make what should be one of the healthiest things you can eat unhealthy with all of the toppings that you include. Again, your bowl should be mostly greens and then throw on some carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms and other whole food, healthy ingredients for good measure. Since you should eat protein with every meal, I either include lentils or tofu with my salads. You’ll also want to be careful of the type of dressing you use because you don’t want to outweigh all the good ingredients with bad ones.
Just try it! For one week, replace what you usually have at lunch or dinner with a big salad. You’ll probably start seeing some weight loss fairly quickly, but I’d be willing to bet that you’ll also and more importantly, simply start feeling better overall.
For more on how you can easily incorporate salads into your on-the-go lunches, visit 5 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Busy Women.