One of the key strategies for a vast number of weight loss programs is the utilisation of healthy salads in diets. Weight loss salads have a number of benefits associated with them. Firstly they’re quite cheap to make as you just need a few basic vegetable ingredients and second they can take almost any form you want; if you prefer meat or fish in your salads then this can be worked in whilst retaining the healthiness of the salad. Time is also very important and the good news is that salads can be cooked really fast!
A few popular salads for weight loss include Greek, tuna, salmon, and low fat varieties. Traditional Greek salad recipe includes proportions of tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion, feta cheese and olives. Tuna salad is quite simply a blend of tuna, celery and mayonnaise served on top of a lettuce bed. Salmon is similar to the tuna variety but replacing the tuna with salmon. There are a number of low fat salad options too but these are generally purchased from supermarkets under this name and can be relatively expensive. However, it is possible to make your own low fat salads by cutting down the cheese and thick dressing content in them.
Since Greek salads are my personal favourites, here’s a good recipe for one taken from the popular Atkins diet website. This weight loss salad recipe will make four servings which is perfect to have as a family meal, if you’re having friends round, or just to save for four meals for yourself. Each serving provides 460 calories so it should be enough to fill you up yet still enable weight loss.
Greek Weight Loss Salad – Ingredients
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon water
• 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1 clove garlic, finely minced
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Pinch of granular sugar substitute (optional)
• 4 (5-ounce) chicken breasts, pounded flat
• 6 cups torn romaine leaves
• 2 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges or chunks
• 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
• 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
• 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled (4 ounces)
• 12 kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
Greek Weight Loss Salad – Method
Start off by whisking the oil, vinegar, water oregano, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar substitute. At this point you need to try it and then change it depending on how you like your salads. Season your chicken with salt and pepper and put it in a preheated grill pan until cooked. Now combine the romaine, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion and toss with half of the dressing. Top with feta and chicken breast, the remaining dressing and olives. Enjoy your weight loss salad!
You should include at least one healthy salad per day, in your diet. No matter if you aim for weight loss or just want to eat healthy. Salads are probably the best option when it comes to eating a light dinner meal. We will provide other great weight loss salad recipes during the upcoming weeks. Stick with us!