At school, I sit in the Student Activities Room with our student activities advisor and about six other people because the cafeteria is overcrowded and filled with a lot of freshmen and sophomores–not that I have anything against them. One day, I had to eat during the lunch before mine, or “second lunch”, and I decided that I would sit in there anyway. Apparently, there were a group of people who ate in that room just as I did during my regularly scheduled “third lunch,” so that was good; I wasn’t going to have to eat lunch all by myself!
So I was sitting there, eating my sandwich and talking to my advisor when the “second lunch” people all entered. All five of them were carrying salads in hopes of eating healthfully. However, literally, all they were eating was lettuce with dressing. The amount of calories in the ranch salad dressing probably cancelled out the purpose of eating just a salad. They probably should have had the balsamic vinaigrette or olive oil choice. In fact, greens provide generous amounts of the antioxidant lutein which could protect against macular degeneration, and lutein is absorbed much better with a splash of olive oil. Even though lettuce is healthy, you need more nutrition than just pieces of lettuce.
When you are making a salad, don’t just have the greens. A good salad can be so much more than lettuce, tomatoes, and dressing. Try adding some fruits! Fruits provide an abundance of good nutrients, such as vitamin C and potassium, and they help protect against diseases. The fiber in fruits can help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Try adding in some nuts and seeds, onions, vegetable oils, seafood and other proteins, and more. Not only will your salad be healthier, but it will taste better as well!
A few other great salad ingredients:
Red bell peppers
Sugar snap peas/snow peas