Men's Health recently published a list of the worst restaurant salads in terms of calorie content...
The common theme I see in this list of salads is that they're all complex in terms of the number of items in the salad itself, as well as lot of ingredients you don't typically find in salads, such as quesadilla slices, parmesan crusted chicken, and noodles.
As it turns out, these aren't really salads at all. They're main dishes, sliced up and placed over a bed of greens. Restaurants call them "salads", but it's a ruse to get you to think it's good for you.
In the quest for creating buzz and excitement, restaurants try to one-up each other in making the most fantastic and mouth-watering salads, but at the cost of fat and calorie content.
The most simple salads are always the most healthiest.
Just use lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, peppers, and make sure they're all fresh.
Here are some tips for eating salads...
- Make the salad yourself, it's the best way to get the lowest calorie salad, using the ingredients you like the most.
- If you don't want to make your own, buy the salad in the bag. Grocery stores now have so many choices of pre-made salads, and they're all pretty low calorie, with none of the fancy stuff.
- If you're at a restaurant, stay away from anything fancy, unusual, or unheard of. Stick with grilled chicken salad, or a chef salad. They're usually the most simplest.
- Avoid a chopped salad. Because you don't have to chew this as much, you tend to eat much more quickly. Chewing, as it turns out, burns some calories.
- Ask for dressing on the side so that you can control the amount. Better yet, ask for salsa instead. It's got the salt you love on salads, and the flavor, but no fat and very little carbs.
- Stay away from sweetened salads, primarily the asian salads like Chinese Chicken Salad, or a Thai Chicken Salad. They use sugary dressings.