A salad is undoubtedly one of the healthiest food choices, but some of the ingredients that go into it make it rich in fat and calories. So the next time you are at a salad bar, ensure you do not order a salad that contains these ingredients, suggests nutritionist Priya Kathpal.
Croutons: Croutons may taste yum, but they are typically filled with artificial colours, preservatives and flavours. Majority of the restaurants serve croutons made of refined grains that can lead to a spike in your blood sugar levels.
Sun dried tomatoes: With the sun dried tomatoes, you are only adding a ton of sodium to your salad. Only half a cup of sun dried tomatoes contains 500mg of sodium. Opt for fresh tomatoes instead.
Tortilla strips: The tortilla strips and wanton noodles sure add crunch to your salad but it is high in sodium, calories and trans fat. Instead, opt for the vitamin-rich bell peppers and carrots for a crunchy treat.
Shredded cheese: Shredded cheese can add a substantial amount of calories to your salad. According to HealthifyMe, one cup of cheddar cheese contains as much as 983 calories, which is much more than 683 calories present in a large serving of fries from McDonald’s.
Nuts and seeds: Almonds and walnuts may provide you with the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but they are also high in calories. So pay attention to the amount of nuts you eat. You can add pistachios though. A serving of 49 pistachios contains 162 calories as opposed to 14 halves of walnuts that contain as much as 185 calories.