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5 Mistakes You Are Making with Your Salads

Update Date: Nov 10, 2014 04:17 PM EST

Salads are often grouped under the healthy foods section because many of the ingredients that go into salads are extremely good for the body. However, eating too much of a healthy ingredient can be bad too. When it comes to building a salad, learning how to balance your ingredients is key. Here are five common mistakes people make when they build their own salads.

1. Too much or too little protein

Protein is an important part of any meal. However, when it comes to salads, people tend to add either too much or too little protein. Too much protein, which includes ingredients such as eggs, chicken and cheese, can prevent weight loss and even lead to weight gain. Too little protein can leave you unsatisfied and more likely to snack later on.

2. Too much or too little fat

Fat is also essential for the body. However, too much fat can lead to obesity and heart disease. When it comes to adding fat into your salad, pick monounsaturated fats, which can be sourced from avocados, nuts and olive oil. These types of fat can help reduce inflammation. The right amount of fat can also keep you full and curb hunger for a longer period of time.

3. A lack of variety

Salads that contain a variety of vegetables are healthier than salads that only have one or two different kinds of greens. These types of salads will have more nutrients and antioxidants, which can help prevent aging and some diseases.

4. Skipping the starch

Adding a starch to your salad helps your body better use protein. Without starch, your body could end up burning the protein for fuel. By adding just a little bit of a healthy starch, such as quinoa, your body will use the protein for repair and maintenance work. The starch will also help keep your body full.

5. Forgetting to add flavors

One of the key factors that can encourage people to continuously eat healthily is taste. If your healthy foods taste bad, you are more likely going to want to stop eating them. In order to satisfy your taste buds, remember to use seasonings. Try to use spices more than salt to lower your risk of developing hypertension.

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