SALAD BAR KNOW HOW: WHAT MAKES AND BREAKS A SALAD

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RED: Extreme moderation or not at all
While many of these foods are nutritionally solid, they are greater than 30% fat and/or calorically dense.

Use the following foods with extreme moderation or not at all:

  • Bacon
  • Black olives
  • Blue cheese
  • Croutons
  • Eggs
  • Feta cheese
  • Green olives
  • Marinated salads
  • Nuts
  • Pepperoni
  • Raisins
  • Reduced-calorie dressings
  • Regular salad dressing
  • Salads made with mayonnaise
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tofu

Tossed Salad and Salad Dressings

YELLOW: In moderation
While many of these foods are full of important nutrients, they are also 20%–30% fat and/or moderately calorically dense (especially when compared to the GREEN category of foods).

Use the following foods in moderation:

  • Beets
  • Chickpeas
  • Cottage cheese
  • Kidney beans
  • Tuna
  • Peas

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GREEN: Unlimited
These foods are low fat and low calorie, but also full of important nutrients, vitamins, and fiber.
Use the following foods without any limits:

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Bean sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Green pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Pickles
  • Radishes
  • Red pepper
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar
  • Zucchini

Smoked Salmon Salad and Apple Lunch

A tale of two salads

Salad #1   Salad #2
Food/Amount Calories Food/Amount Calories
Lettuce, 1 C 55 Lettuce, 1 C 55
Tomato, 1 small 20 Tomato, 1 small 20
Cucumber, 3 large slices 2 Carrots, 6–8 strips 12
Cauliflower, ½ C 14 Avocado, ½ avocado 188
Carrots, 6–8 strips 12 Kidney beans, ¼ C 55
Broccoli, ½ C 20 Tuna, ¼ C 78
Beets, ¼ C 21 Hard-boiled egg, 1 egg 72
Red cabbage, ¼ C 6 Coleslaw, ½ C 45
Radishes, ¼ C 5 Pasta salad, ½ C 160
Green peppers, ¼ C 6 Diced ham, ¼ C 113
Green onions, ¼ C 11 Cheddar cheese, ¼ C 112
Mushrooms, ¼ C 5 Croutons, 2 Tbsp 132
Kidney beans, ¼ C 55 Bacon bits, 2 Tbsp 48
Tuna, ¼ C 78 Sunflower seeds, 2 Tbsp 102
Lite dressing, 2 Tbsp 30 Salad dressing, 2 Tbsp 140
Total 340 Total 1332

C=cup, Tbsp=tablespoon

GUESS THAT AVOCADO, SUNNY SEEDS, CRAISINS, BACON BITS AND PINE NUTS I BOUGHT TO MAKE SOME “HEALTHY” SALADS WILL BE GOING TO WASTE!!

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