You probably already know a salad is a healthy option for lunch, but do you still find it a challenge to choose a salad over a sandwich or burger? I know I do.
The problem with eating a sandwich or burger is that they usually provide little nutrients. What should we be eating? We should be eating whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Eating a salad is a delicious way to enjoy most of your daily serving of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The number one reason to eat a salad every day: to be healthy.
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. These nutrients help the body function properly and prevent diseases.
With the high amount of convenient fast food and processed foods available, most Americans are not consuming enough fruits and vegetables. Some people will go days on top of days without eating fruits and vegetables. There are even people who do not eat vegetables at all because they do not like the taste. However, with all the health benefits fruits and vegetables provide for the body, it’s essential to eat them every day if you want to be healthy.
Let’s convince ourselves to not only enjoy salads, but to eat a salad every day. Even if it’s just an appetizer, a salad every day will provide the nutrients your body needs.
Need more reasons to eat a salad every day? Here’s a few:
To stay energized
There will be no need to grab a coffee or 5 hour energy in the afternoon if you eat a nutritious salad for lunch. After enjoying a filling salad over lunch, you will be more energized for the rest of the afternoon. Blend a variety of colorful, energizing vegetables and protein, such as chicken or nuts, together in one dish to boost your energy level.
To lose weight
There is no doubt a salad is a light meal. If you eat a salad for lunch every day, you are consuming less calories and carbohydrates than if you were eating a sandwich. Plus, there are no empty calories. By filling up on nutritious whole foods, you will likely eat less later in the day.
To prevent the signs of aging
Raw fruits and vegetables can not only help you be healthier, but also keep you looking great on the outside. The nutrients help prevent free radical damage that can prematurely age us. Delivering nutrients to your body every day will help you control those free radicals. A salad will allow you to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in just one meal.
In all, if you want to be healthier, eat a salad every day. Combine all your favorite fruits or vegetables into one delicious dish and enjoy!