When you’re planning a light-but-filling lunch, salads are the popular option. It can be tempting and too easy to weigh down a salad with empty calories. Think about what you are going to get out of your salad when you plan it. A healthy chicken Caesar salad can deliver sustained energy, it’s packed with protein and contains only modest amounts of carbohydrates. You can also boost the protein with hardboiled eggs and add good-for-you fats, with avocados or olive oil, to keep you feeling full longer.
Many salad dressings, especially cream-based dressings, are calorie dense but offer little to no nutritional value. If you are looking to bring a little extra flavor to your salad, herb-infused vinegars are a great way to go.
- 31g protein per serving
- total fat 9g
- 2 cups of romaine lettuce = 100% of the vitamin K and 45% of the Vitamin A needed for a day
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.