A salad full of Vegetables can be packed with healthy vitamins and minerals, but depending on what else you throw on top, it can also be loaded with calories.
Salads can be healthy, but are easily tainted with things like dressings, croutons, and cheese. Just because it’s a salad does NOT mean in any way that it’s healthy, it’s often just as bad as the hamburger or pasta you were trying to stay away from. Here are some quick facts that you should know…
• 2 tablespoons of dressing (ranch, blue cheese, caesar, etc) has +/- 20 grams of FAT
• The worst salad is the TGI Fridays Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad which has 1,360 calories and an undisclosed amount of fat (the company will not disclose the nutritional content of the food they serve you)
• Chili’s Southwestern Cobb Salad has 1, 080 calories and that’s before you add the dressing. That’s more than half the amount of daily calories recommended for the average person trying to lose or even maintain weight
• Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad has 540 calories and 25 grams of fat, this is almost the same amount of calories and fat in a BIG MAC
Make sure that if you pick a salad as a “healthy” meal you are aware of what you’re really getting. To keep a salad nutritious, use fat free or low fat dressing and pay special attention to the extra items inside.