How To Build A Better Salad

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Salads are a delicious way to boost your vegetable servings and have a healthy meal on the go. To often, though, our salads become repetitive and there is no need for that. It’s time to build a better salad.

Build A Better Salad with

Like in the saddle, your salad needs to start with a strong base. If you’re opting for a lettuce, choose the darkest color for the most nutrients. Red leaf and romaine are both hardy and readily available options. Don’t forget to incorporate your leafy greens here too. Kale, spring mix, baby spinach and arugula are high in calcium and add tremendous nutrition to your salads. These sturdier greens are going to hold up better to dressing without getting soggy so they are perfect for salads you are prepping ahead of time.

Pale lettuce, like iceberg, has a high water content and very little nutrition value! Click To Tweet

Once you have a solid base, it’s time to add texture. A salad made of all lettuce is boring and friends don’t let friends eat boring salads. But you don’t need to go with fried tortilla chips or chow mein noodles to add texture to your salad. Instead, turn to crunchy vegetables to do the job. Celery, cucumber, purple cabbage, broccoli, seeds or nuts are all perfect options!

As you are adding elements of your salad, pay attention to color. Most fresh, colorful food is good for you and different colors generally mean different good-for-you components. Bell peppers, pomegranate seeds, tomatoes and carrots are ways to add more color to your current salad recipes.

Next, pump up your protein! When you find yourself dragging during those afternoon classes it’s tempting to reach for an energy drink or hit up the Starbucks drive through. Instead, make a point to increase your protein to boost your energy levels! Black beans, baked or grilled chicken, smoked salmon, tuna and hard boiled eggs are simple proteins to add to your salad!

Some of my favorite salad inspirations:

Pear Pomegranate Salad

Sriracha Lime Chicken Salad

Chopped Thai Salad

Digital strategist Kristen Smith, author of If The Saddle Fits, offers equestrian bloggers a place to learn, grow and connect with Blogging From The Barn. She holds multiple nutrition certifications and at her day job, helps equestrian professionals and businesses to harness the power of social media at KLSmith Creative.

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