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How to build a better salad

Just like building a wall, a salad has to start with a good solid base. Look for dark, leafy greens for starters, as these are rich in nutrients. After this foundation, you can start to add the other ingredients- the options are endless, so get creative!

Toss in shredded carrots and cabbage, spinach, watercress, tomatoes, oranges or sweet peas for a colorful, flavorful and fun salad. To add some uniqueness to your salad, try Greek olives, mushrooms and artichoke or palm heartsTry adding almonds or walnuts, which provide fiber, protein and healthy fats to satisfy your hunger. Pile on other veggies and add some crunch with celery, cucumbers, string beans, peppers or onions. Try adding in fruit like fresh strawberries, berries, pears or apple slices. Fruits sweeten your salad without adding too many calories. The more colorful your mix of fruits and vegetables, the more nutrients you will consume. 
You can add lean protein such as salmon, tuna or chicken, or try adding slices of hard-boiled eggs. Avocados are full of heart healthy fats and can be a great last minute addition to your salad. Soy beans are another add-in; you can find precooked edamame in the grocery store’s frozen-food section. Continue Reading »

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