By Gretel H. Schueller, March 8, 2013 - 11:05am
Who says a salad has to just be a side? Turn your salad into a meal by including these 4 key ingredients of a power salad, which will help you feel full longer.
1. Greens. Start with 1 to 2 cups of lettuce per serving. Combine different types to balance textures and flavors. Try tender, mild Boston lettuce with crisp romaine and bold escarole.
2. Vegetables. Add plenty of vegetables for crunch, flavor and color.
3. Protein. Add lean chicken, ham, turkey, fish or beans, which will help you feel full longer. Starches, such as potatoes, brown rice, whole-wheat croutons or whole-wheat pasta, add nutrients and staying power.
4. Dressing. Fats in the dressing make it easier for you to absorb fat-soluble nutrients like lycopene in tomatoes and lutein and zeaxanthin in yellow and green veggies, including corn and zucchini. Plus when you make your own vinaigrette you can opt for healthy olive or canola oil instead of soy oil or sunflower oil, which are found in most bottled dressings and are full of omega-6 fatty acids.
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