Keep it healthy in 2016: five tips to complete your New Year’s resolution

Throughout 2015, we’ve been keeping you up to date on ways to keep your salads healthy. So, with 2016 just around the corner and those resolutions to eat healthier about to begin, here’s a recap of our top 5 tips and tricks to help you keep your 2016 resolutions.

1. Add some protein: Part of a well-balanced diet is making sure you’re getting enough protein to keep you going and repair your cells. One way that people try to cut calories from their salads is to get rid of the protein rich foods like chicken and steak. A simple and delicious way to get more protein is to keep the meat, but if you’re intent on cutting it out, try adding tofu or eggs as a replacement.

2. Top it off with dressing and avocado or egg: Adding avocado or egg along with your dressing is another way to make sure you’re getting all of the health benefits you’re looking for from your salad. Salad dressing contains healthy oils, such as canola and soy bean oils, that help your body absorb all of the nutrients from your salad vegetables.  Avocados and eggs have the same nutrition absorbing quality and also provide you with a heartier salad.

3. Try grains: If you’re getting tired of the traditional green salad, change it up! Instead of using lettuce as the base to your salad, try using a grain. Quinoa, spelt and faro are great grains to use for your salad. Just make your grain and add your usual salad toppings and dressings. Grain salads are another good source of protein too!

4. Extra veggies: Add extra vegetables to your salads to make sure you’re getting a variety of colors. Veggies all have different nutritional values, so the more variety you add, the better you’re being to your body. In fact, the USDA recommends that the average person consume 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day, so pile it on!

5. Take it to go: With hectic schedules, eating healthy can be hard to prioritize. One easy way to do this is to take your salad to go. You can plan and prepare a whole week of lunches for work in just a couple of hours on Sunday. All you need is a Mason jar and your salad ingredients. Check out our “how to” here.

With just a few tweaks to your favorite salads, you can make sure that you stick to that New Year’s resolution to stay healthy!

 

Caitlin Hutchinson

The Association for Dressing & Sauces