If you’re looking to lose weight, salads are bound to be a big part of your life, but that doesn’t mean you need to pile on the same old toppings day after day. All five of these nutrient-dense salads support weight-loss goals, fuel the body, and satisfy your taste buds with their fresh flavors and healthy ingredients.
Use these healthy salad ideas to release more fat
Use an oil-based salad dressing:
Many nutrients, specifically vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, which means your body can’t absorb and use them without some fat present.
So a fat-free dressing is actually counterintuitive! The people who ate salads dressed with a canola or olive oil-based dressing had higher levels of carotenoids (vitamin A-like compounds) in their blood.plus these unsaturated fatty acids can help melt belly fat and make your salad more filling.
Mix up your greens:
Every type of green radicchio, iceberg, spinach boasts its own unique nutrients and healthy benefits.
Also consider adding some herbs, like basil or parsley; they pack a strong punch of flavor and loads of disease-fighting antioxidants. And the more flavorful your salad naturally is, the fewer high-cal ingredients you’ll need to add for taste.
Say yes to cheese:
When sprinkled in moderation, low-fat cheese helps people maintain a healthy weight, burn fat, and be less hungry, because it’s a rich source of calcium, which helps release fat.
Lean on protein:
Whether you choose grilled chicken or salmon, or nuts or seeds, you’ll release fat and feel more full.
Stick to a healthy serving size to keep calories in check (a few ounces of meat, or a quarter cup of beans).
Throw in plenty of other veggies and fruits:
Many vitamins and minerals have unique synergistic effects, meaning that they’re even more powerful when eaten together. So pack your salad with as many other veggies or fruits as possible!