How Healthy is Your Salad?
You might just want to put down that fork or lettuce and reach for a hamburger when eating out on a diet. Salads can be a low calorie, nutrient rich meal but chefs these days have loaded them with hundreds of calories and fat, making them one of the worst foods on a menu.
Here is a list of the worst salads in America from “Eat This, Not That” by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding
1. Chili’s Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and Caesar Dressing: 930 calories, 71 g fat (13 g saturated),1,840 mg sodium
2. Chili’s Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad: 1,070 calories, 78 g fat (15 g saturated), 4,440 mg sodium
3. Quiznos Chicken with Honey Mustard Flatbread Salad 1,110 calories, 74 g fat, (14.5 g saturated) 2030 mg sodium
4. Macaroni Grill Seared Sea Scallops Salad: 1,320 calories, 91 g fat (25 g saturated), 2,860 mg sodium
5. T.G.I. Friday’s Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad: 1,360 calories, Fat: Unknown (The company won’t disclose this number.)
6. Chevy’s Fresh Mex Tostada Salad with Chicken: 1,551 calories, 94 g fat (37 g saturated) 2,840 mg sodium
Before you never eat a salad again, there are some ways to turn this sabotaging diet meal into a healthier one. Here are some tips to cutting calories in salads:
– Ask for dressing on the side and dip your fork into the dressing before the salad
You would be surprised at how salad dressing can make a salad’s calorie content sky rocket
– Choose salad dressing without oil or a vinegar-based dressing, such as Balsamic.
– Substitute salad dressing for salsa, citrus juices, or other organic vegetables
– Skip out on added calories such as croutons, nuts, or chip strips
– Go light on the cheese