Green salads are our immediate go-to when we hit the gym and work on cutting those stubborn fat reserves in the body. Lucky for us, vegetables are guilt-free items to eat without worrying about gaining a pound or two. But since none of us is bugs bunny who can spend his entire life eating only carrots, thus stay fit, we need alternatives ever now and then. So, the alternatives? Salads!
Salads can help to reduce your weight by reducing your overall calorie intake. The best way to make your salads effective in this aim is to ensure that you mix the ingredients well and lean on proteins. The pro tip is to select filling ingredients that are light, do not overload on your calorie intake, and keep you full too. Here are three healthy salad recipes that will help you in shedding the additional weight without killing you with boredom.
- Tuna Nicoise
The best way to challenge fats is by switching to the good ones that know how to battle their evil twin, bad fats. Tuna and grilled salmon are rich sources of good fats that can assist in slimming your belly to a flat one.
For this salad, you will need a can of tuna, chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes, 2 hard-cooked eggs, (sliced) black olives, and 8 potatoes that are boiled and chilled. Add these in a bowl and mix. For the dressing, you will need 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoon lemon juice, half a teaspoon Dijon mustard, salt, and freshly ground black pepper along with 1 tablespoon Penzeys Spices Sunny Paris Seasoning. Whisk these ingredients together for the dressing and drizzle over the bowl of tuna and vegetables and your salad is ready.
- Smoked Turkey, Black Bean and Edamame Salad
The Deli section is your stop for picking the turkey breast for this salad. The smoked turkey parts are better available in the meat section.
In order to prepare this salad, you will need maximum 15 minutes and lots of vegetables along with the beans and turkey. Ingredients of the salad include smoked turkey meat, a can of black beans, a can of non-salted corn kernels, a container of cooked and cooled edamame, a medium chopped red onion, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoon cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 tsp McCormick Salt Free Original Perfect Pinch. You can also add finely chopped cilantro if you wish to.
For the salad, you will have to combine together the ingredients with the dressing. Separately, whisk together vinegar, oil, mustard, and pour them over the vegetable and turkey. Season with salt and pepper.
- Greek Salad
When the world knows that feasting over Mediterranean meals can help to make it live longer, there is no reason not to add a Mediterranean salad to your favorites for weight loss. Not only does this salad help to keep you slim and trim, it also lowers your risk of a heart disease.
For this salad, you will need chopped romaine lettuce, Kalamata olives, stuffed grape leaves, a medium tomato that is cut into wedges, a quarter container of reduced feta cheese, dried oregano, and half medium whole wheat pita. Simultaneously, you will have to mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil with ½ a tablespoon of red vinegar.
For preparing your Greek salad, you will have to place the lettuce on a plate, arrange oregano, olives, tomatoes, feta, grape leaves, and whole wheat pita. Drizzle these with oil and vinegar and you have just prepared for yourself a solution for reducing weight.