Salad bars can be helpful to your weight control journey.

The definition of “salad”: a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients

So, let’s clue in on those last two words: “OTHER INGREDIENTS”. At many salad bars offered up by restaurants such as Ruby Tuesdays and supermarkets, there are many “other ingredients” available. These range from fruits to croutons to puddings to breads and many other items other than vegetables and proteins.

We all like to think that “salads” are much healthier to eat than a standard sandwich or burger, but if the salad that is created with a bunch of fruits and carbs, then this will not be as “healthy” as we think.

When you are creating your own salad at a salad bar, please keep in mind that the vegetables and proteins (eggs, grilled chicken, fake crab legs, diced turkey) should be the “main stays” of your plate and keep those other offerings off. Also, despite that tempting array of thick, great looking salad dressings, stick to the liquid type of dressings.

Salad bars can be helpful to your long term weight control journey…but only when approached in a prudent/selective manner.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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