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Spice Up Your Salad

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Spring is around the corner, which means summer is on its way! You have been hitting the gym a little harder and eating healthier; which means you've been noshing on lots of green salads. Our friends the Get Em' Girls break down how to spice up your salad while keeping it healthy

A healthful and delicious salad can quickly go from fresh to fatty when dressed with calorie and cholesterol-laden items like cheese, croutons, bacon bits, and then weighed down even further with high-calorie salad dressing.

However, when you dress your salad down and toss in flavorful additions, that are filled with nutrients and add taste and texture, you'll find that the perfect salad is not only healthful but absolutely delicious. Try some of these healthy additions to your next salad and just see how you like it:

  • Vegetables! Whether you eat them raw, roasted or grilled, you can't go wrong. Choose from bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, green peas, string beans
  • Grilled chicken or turkey breast, fish, shellfish
  • Canned tuna, packed in water
  • Beans and lentils: garbanzo, black, kidney, pinto, and lima beans               
  • Whole grains: brown rice, barley, kasha, couscous, and pasta
  • Nuts: toasted almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts
  • Fresh and canned (in their own juice): mandarins, pineapple, mangoes, cranberries, seedless grapes
  • Dressings: vinaigrette, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, low-fat cream or mayonnaise-based dressings
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