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.