Heart-Healthy Tip #11: Be Choosy When It Comes to Salad Toppers

By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.  |  Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Be Choosy When It Comes to Salad Toppers: Crunchy onions, bacon bits and seasoned croutons can look appetizing when you’re standing at a salad bar, but reconsider: such additions to your otherwise healthy starter can be high in sodium and “empty” calories. For added crunch, try a sprinkle of sunflower seeds or chopped nuts; while these also are relatively high in calories, they contain healthy fats and are full of antioxidants too. While you’re at it, choose a dressing that is marked “low-fat”—or just drizzle on a little olive oil (a heart-healthy fat) and balsamic vinegar.

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Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Join the Healthy Hearts Club group for daily heart-healthy tips throughout the month of February.