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If It Is Warm Weather, Bring on the Salads

By Tom Herrin

There are plenty of food choices on American menus.  The old days of steak, potatoes, and gravy have gone by the wayside.  It’s not that those things are bad, but a steady diet of them on an everyday basis can cause a lot of problems.  It is well known that meats are generally high in fats and cholesterol.  Gravies are usually based on oils and fats.  Potatoes as a regular member of any menu may contribute to diabetes, especially for those who are prone to develop it.  The starches are just too much.  On the other hand, salads can provide good balance in a diet and be far more satisfying than once thought.

What Is In A Good Salad?

Most people think of salad as being lettuce and tomatoes with maybe a couple of other things added.  Today’s salads are much more.  There can be all kinds of leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, and kale, just to mention a few.  Protein can be added as desired in the form of broiled or baked meats, boiled eggs, cheese, etc.  All kinds of salad dressings are available to finish it off.  It can be both filling and delicious. 

The Nutrients Are Great

Many of the leafy vegetables are great sources of vitamins.  They can help reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol due the high fiber content.  They may help fight cancers.  With the fibers, they will help make a person feel fuller longer.  Some form of salads are included in most balanced diet plans due to their abundance of vitamins and simple carbohydrates, making them highly digestible.  Most of the good meat choices are lean and great for building muscles.

A Few Other Benefits

If people are careful with their choices, they can use healthy dressings that have good oils.  Other things such as avocadoes can also jazz up the flavor.  Those fats and oils can help with absorption of vitamins and other nutrients.  The high water content of many of the vegetables can be a great benefit to maintaining healthy skin.  A good salad with meat or some other protein source can be a great replacement for one meal each day.  Try it and you will feel satisfied yet full of energy.  You won’t have to deal with the heavy feeling of the old-fashioned meals loaded with meat and potatoes.  If you are looking for a healthy addition to your menu, try adding a good salad. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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