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Eating a salad sounds healthy right? Your bowl is filled with various kinds of fresh vegetables, nuts, healthy proteins like chicken and raw salmon, and topped with a delicious dressing. Mmmm sounds so yummy! However, are salads actually healthy? Or is it really just a scam? 

We all know that diet-junkies often opt for salads. But did you know? The dressings that you put on your deliciously prepared salad may have more calories than the rest of the salad itself. Forget about the dressing, salad toppings like croutons and cheese often contain high calories which could totally ruin your waist-friendly meal. It's the toppings that make the difference when it comes to salad calories. If you're going to pile on the croutons, creamy dressing, cheese, mayonnaise-rich prepared salads, meat, nuts, and fried chicken, you might as well order a pizza. 
Not only that, but salads can also leave you feeling hungry. Why? The main reason is that salads lack sufficient protein, fibers, and healthy fats. The vegetables in salads such as lettuce, romaine, iceberg, and butterhead contain 95-97% water. All-in-all, these vegetables wouldn’t fill your stomach! And you might end up binging on other snacks after. 
Did you know that munching on unhealthy snacks will not fill up your stomach as well? Unhealthy snacks tend to have lower satiety levels which may lead to big portions and unhealthy snacking habits. 
According to the healthy eating pyramid, it’s important to have a balanced diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy proteins like nuts, fish, chicken, beans and etc. It’s essential to have all these to fill up your stomach, not only for the nutrients but also for keeping your energy level high. 
Always opt for healthier ingredients by adding fresh fruits, light dressing, and lesser toppings in your salad. Here are some simple and healthier salad recipes that you can try to make *psst* it’s so easy to prepare that you will only need a few ingredients only - citrus salad, avocado salmon salad, blueberry broccoli spinach salad, quinoa fruit salad, and etc.  

You can always switch your store-bought dressings to healthy homemade dressing like avocado-lime, lemon vinaigrette, sesame ginger and etc that are easy to make at home! Plus, you can create your own recipes on what to include in your dressings. All you need to do is just mix all the ingredients, store it in a jar and voila, you have your own healthy salad dressings! 
Most importantly, eat the rainbow! Include healthy colors to your salad to ensure you are getting enough fibers, vitamins, and minerals! You can add a variety of vegetables and fruits into your salad to have a balanced diet and some colors to brighten up your day! *wink*
Nonetheless, it’s a very common misperception that healthy food tastes bad and is difficult to prep. Do not be fooled! You can definitely eat healthily and be satisfied… just probably not by eating salad alone! 

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