Too Much Salad?



Q: Does portion size matter when I’m eating salad with supper instead of bread or potatoes? I heard that you can eat as much salad as you want, as long as the dressing is the suggested serving size.

A: Not all salads are created equal. Lettuce — like iceberg, romaine, and arugula — is low in calories, as are tomatoes, carrots, celery, radishes, and green and red peppers. However, once you start adding sunflower seeds, chick peas and other cooked beans, and nuts, the calories start adding up.Dressings can also be high in calories — one serving (two tablespoons) packs about 100 to 200 calories. You can create a salad that’s low in calories and high in nutrient value by mixing all the greens mentioned above plus a hard-boiled egg and a can of tuna packed in water. Make a nutritious dressing by mixing a small amount of olive oil (one tablespoon) with some red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar and some herbs. Alternatively, you can use a store-bought fat-free or low-fat dressing.


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