Salads can be hidden calorie bombs. Just gotta be aware of what’s in your salad.
- Salads may be one of the first diet meals you may think of. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I just had a salad!” from people who are trying to tidy up their diets and eat better. Unfortunately, not all salads are created equal!
Yes, you can absolutely eat a salad that’s very low calorie. But beware of the big salads with lots of delicious, crunchy, deep-fried toppings… the calorie content may shock you! It’s not uncommon for restaurant salads in particular to contain over 1,000 Calories when you factor in the dressing, croutons, avocado/guacamole, etc. which is oftentimes more than a burger.
You’re better off creating your own salad and being mindful of what goes into it. Or if you’re eating out, don’t be afraid to kindly ask for substitutions - grilled protein instead of deep-fried, no croutons, dressing on the side, and so on - to keep the calories more reasonable.
And of course, on the flip side, if you’re trying to gain weight or you have a lot of wiggle room as far as your calories go, definitely have at it with the calorie-laden salads!