When people go on a diet they often begin eating more and more salads. The problem with this is people use certain rationalizations to make their salad less healthy.
These may include:
I am eating all these veggies a little dressing isn’t going to hurt!
This dressing is low fat!
Salads are healthy!
Dear friends – at their essence salads are healthy. But anyone whose watched a little league team attack the salad bar at their local pizza parlor has seen an exaggerated example of how quickly they can become evil.
Croutons, bacon bits, cheese and dressing can quickly turn your salad into a guilt free calorie bomb.
At home I eat a lot of salad but I am careful to measure exactly how much dressing I put on it.
I put my lettuce, pico de gallo salsa (2 oz / 15 calories) and corn (.25 cup / 35 calories) into a Tupperware container with my dressing and shake vigorously to maximize the 1-2 tablespoons of dressing.
I love Briannas Home Style salad dressings and they come in some really fantastic flavors. For those watching their calories it’s hard to beat Briannas lively lemon tarragon (2 tbs. = 35 calories / 0 g fat) or Rich Santa Fe Blend (2 tbs. = 25 calories / 0 g fat).
To compare: the ‘healthy’ option in the Hidden Valley line is the Original Ranch Light with Buttermilk (2 tbs. = 70 calories / 5g of fat).