A bowl of salad is one of the most diet-friendly foods out there but just because it is green, it does not mean it is healthy. A lot of ingredients you add can make it loaded with calories. So do not add these items to a salad if you are on a weight loss diet says nutritionist Priya Kathpal.
Crunchy noodles: The crunchy noodles add about 120 calories per half cup of salad. So why not toss some dried chickpeas for that added crunch? The protein and soluble fibre in chickpeas will fill you up.
Crispy chicken: The crispy-chicken is coated with unnecessary sugar or calories that make your salad not so diet-friendly. Instead opt for grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, steamed tofu and salmon for that extra dose of protein.
Fat-free dressings: Fat-free dressings are higher in both salt and sugar. In fact, corn syrup and sugar are the first ingredients in most brands. Just stick to some olive oil and squeeze some lemon juice instead of adding those fat-free dressings.
Creamy dressings: Creamy dressings like Caesar are loaded with calories, sodium and not-so-healthy fats. You can instead drizzle some extra virgin olive oil or use some ripe avocado or tahini.
Dried fruits: Dried fruits like apricots, raisins and cranberries can fill you up with 22g of sugar and 100 calories just in a quarter cup. So instead of adding dry fruits to your salad, add fresh seasonal fruits like grapes for both flavour and antioxidants.
Croutons: Just a handful of croutons can add up to 100 calories a couple of grams of saturated fat. Add seasoned walnuts instead of croutons for all that crunch as well as nutritional benefits.