Who wouldn't want to lose weight faster? If you're smart about the ingredients you toss in your salads, you can make them even more powerful weight loss tools. Here are 10 salad ingredients that will get the job done!
1. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are high in protein and fiber, both of which can help to increase feelings of satiety. Hemp seeds are also famously rich in omega-3 fatty acids; and because of their unique flavor, hemp seeds sweeten your salad without artificial sugar.
2. Hot Peppers
Hot peppers don’t just cut calories by staving your appetite. Spicy peppers contain capsaicin, a substance which may be able to help you feel more satiated while boosting your metabolism. Capsaicin can be found in jalapenos, cayenne, and a variety of other hot peppers.
Almonds will leave you feeling full after you've finished your salad. One of the potential downsides of salads as meal replacements is that hunger pangs strike quick afterward. Almonds increase the staying power of salads. Don’t overdo it though, because eating too many almonds can be caloric. However, a small handful of almonds adds taste to your salad, and dually improves your salad's weight loss properties.
4. Healthy Dressing
Creamy ranches are outright delicious, but they come at the high cost of many empty calories. Good news is there are a couple of different ways to choose a healthy dressing. One option is to choose a low calorie dressing, with hopes of reducing the overall caloric load of the salad. If this is what you want to do, consider topping your salad with lemon juice and salt.
However, there are some nutrients in salads that are fat soluble, and your body needs some fat present in order to absorb these nutrients. With this in mind use an oil-based salad dressing. Choose oils high in unsaturated fatty acids, such as olive oil or canola oil. These oils have been shown to trim belly fat. Some experts suggest you mix your oil with vinegar, which increases satiety and may even have fat-releasing properties.
5. A Large Variety of Greens
Instead of sticking with ordinary iceberg, try a variety of different greens and herbs. From arugula to spinach; from radicchio to romaine; there's a world of different greens, all for the taking, out there. These greens all possess unique health benefits, and can add unique flavors to your salad. The more flavor you enjoy from greens and herbs, the less you'll need to add taste through more caloric foods.
6. Lean Meat
Lean meat is a great way to add satiating protein without adding too much fat. Try adding grilled chicken to your salad; or if you prefer a vegetarian option, try tofu, seeds, or nuts.
If you fancy the taste of licorice you'll likely enjoy that of the uniquely tasty vegetable fennel–very similar in taste. If you still need more convincing, though, the vegetable reduces bloating and contributes to feelings of fullness.
Granted, it sounds a bit strange to call for an avocado on a salad when you’re goal is to lose weight. After all, most people have heard that the fruit is high in fat. However, the fats in avocado are the healthy kind; these fats help you burn fat instead of packing more on. Plus, adding flavor and creaminess through avocado reduces the amount of dressing you'll need to use.
9. Other Vegetables
A good salad should include more than just lettuce and a few herbs. To provide yourself the most vitamins possible and the best health benefits, include a large variety of types of vegetables. This will add to the flavor of your salad, and cut down on your need for more caloric additions. It will also add to its fiber content, which can help you to feel fuller longer. Try including cucumbers, peppers, peas and broccoli to play with the final taste of your next salad.
Just as adding vegetables enchriches the flavor of your salad, fruit can also better the taste of your next salad without any added fat or refined sugar. A small handful of raspberries can make an average salad something special. Even better, it will add important nutrients into the mix. Chopped apples, pears, and chunks of orange all can also make for great additions.