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Strawberry Spinach Chicken Salad with Mint Jalepeno Lime Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Chicken Salad with Mint Jalepeno Lime Dressing

Trying to eat healthy but your salad bowl leaves you feeling less than excited? 

Step up your salad game by trying these 5 Tips For Making Drool Worthy Salads. 


#1 MAKE IT COLORFUL! Not only are vibrant, colorful foods more attractive, colorful meals are also jampacked with a variety of vitamins and minerals...And just as important, they are full of FLAVOR! 

When going on a healthy salad kick, it's easy to end up with bowls of all green veggies. This isn't a bad thing, green is GREAT! We need plenty of green foods in our diet and many of us need to add more green to our plates. However, for the long hull, bowls of various shades of green veggies can get really boring super fast.

Keep it interesting and try to add as many colors to your salad as you can! Some of the best salads I've made have happened accidentally by challenging myself to add more color to my plate. 


#2 FORGET THE LETTUCE. Drop the iceburg lettuce an get to know some other types of greens. Spinach, kale, spring mix, arugala, red cabbage, mustard greens and collards (to name a few) all make for delicious salad bases and are more nutritious than basic iceberg lettuce. 


#3 USE 3 to 5 VEGETABLE TOPPINGS. Top your leafy green base with a variety of vegetables first. Shoot for 3 to 5 different vegetables to add a variety of nutrients and flavors to your meal. This number of vegetables also helps to ensure you are making that salad colorful too.  

PRO TIP: Keep freshly chopped vegetables in your fridge so adding color is as easy as opening up the containers and throwing the veggie toppings in your bowl.  


#4 DON'T FORGET THE PROTEIN. Whether you get your protein from lean meats, fish, seafood, eggs, tofu, etc. or are vegetarian/vegan, make sure that you add adequate amount of your favorite protein source to your plate. Not only is protein important for building and mantaining lean muscle but it also helps to keep you satiated and feeling full so you don't overeat.


#5 SALAD DRESSING EXTENDER TRICK. Rather than loading up on calorie and sugar dense salad dressing, use a salad dressing extender...Add Greek yogurt, hummus, citrus juice, or vinegar to your favorite dressing to extend your dressing. These extenders can help you get more bang for your buck without breaking the calorie and sugar bank.


Give these 5 tips a try and see if you step up for salad making game.

What are your favorite tips for building healthy salads?