Monday, May 2, 2011

How to Make a Fat Burning Salad

Salad is one of my best meals to maintain a healthy weight loss because there are many different ways to combine the vegetables, so that your salad does not have to be repeated. It is also an easy meal to set up, using whatever you may have available at the moment with some small tweaks, you can get a good portion of needed carbohydrates, protein and/or fat. In this article, I will share some of the staple ingredients you can use to make your salad.
Most salads contain lettuce, especially salads that will burn fat. My choice of ingredient revolves around iceberg, red-leaf lettuce, romaine, arugula, and baby spinach. Even though arugula and baby spinach are not considered as lettuce, they are very good for making salads and add a distinct flavor to your salad. You should cut up your lettuce in different ways to give your salad variety.
Another ingredient that you should include in your fat burning salad is raw broccoli. It should be cut into smaller pieces that what you would normally use for steaming. For variety however, you can use cauliflower instead of broccoli as both contain fiber and reduce the risk of different types of cancer.
Colored bell peppers is also a must have ingredient. These are a little more nutritious than greens, and give your salad color. Loaded with vitamin C, they are known to burn fat in the body.
Your salad will get more color when you add tomatoes, which come in many varieties. The type of tomatoes that you can use includes beefsteaks, plum, cherry and grape. These delicious tomatoes are full of lycopene, and are good for resisting cancer, heart disease and diabetes risk.
Shredded carrots also add color to your salad and are good sources for vitamin A, C and fiber. They are very good for mixing in a salad, although slices or baby carrots will also work.
Mushrooms also promote good health and are available in different varieties, although, it wont make your salad colorful. They contain low calories and little sodium, but are rich in fiber. This allows them to burn fat and reduce high blood pressure.
Even though nuts are also a healthy meal source, many people don’t know how to eat them right. Whenever I add nuts to my salad, I am careful to add only a little. Nuts have a huge protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat combination, but hey are equally rich in calories. This does not help in burning fat. To include nuts in your salad, then you should use about 5-6 almonds, 8-9 peanuts, 1 teaspoon of pine nuts, or chopped walnuts.
After mixing everything, you should sprinkle on some salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. A good mix of all these ingredients will produce some rocking fat burning salad for you to enjoy.


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