A salad is undoubtedly one of the healthiest, most nutrient-dense meals out there—if you pick your veggies right. For a base, choose mixed dark, leafy green vegetables. Add colorful veggies to the salad for a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For example, sweet red pepper is an excellent source of vitamin C, while one carrot contains more than 100% or your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Tomato is an excellent source of potassium.
If the salad is your lunch or dinner meal, add protein. Chicken, steak, salmon, and tuna are all wonderful options. If you choose to add salmon, you get the bonus of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Not a fan of animal protein? Prepare tofu the way you like, and add it to the salad instead! Reach for a light, low-calorie dressing that doesn't come pre-made in a plastic bottle. Drizzle olive oil and lemon over the salad, or prepare an apple-cider vinegar dressing with honey, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and garlic.
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