Salads are Great for Health

As you already know, there has been a lot of awareness regarding the need for consuming atleast five (5) fruits and vegetables to supply the recommended daily allowance for mineral nutrients and vitamins.

Making salads is a fun and great way to get the daily requirement of fruits and vegetables needed by the human body. The World Health Organisation has overemphasized this same point. Whether it’s a fruit or vegetable salad. Here, you can find our online tool to help build a good list for your “Five Fruits A Day” – (scroll down the page when it opens)

What is a salad?

Salad – a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients. It could also be a mixture containing a specified ingredient served with a dressing. “a red pepper filled with tuna salad” a vegetable suitable for eating raw.

Use this list of healthy items to perk up your salads and enliven your meals.

Go wild with lettuce. Although iceberg lettuce is making a comeback in some fashionable restaurants, don’t rely on that old standby alone. Add kale, spinach or parsley leaves to your salad to increase fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Raw broccoli adds crunch and powerful phytochemicals, nutrients found only in plants, to your salad. Try packaged broccoli slaw for a different texture.

Onions add spice and depth to salads. Choose from scallions, red onions or even leeks for a flavor and health boost.

Radishes add zest, potassium, and vitamin C. Include white, red and even pink varieties for a splash of color.

Cherry tomatoes are perfect in a salad and a good source of phytochemicals.

Mushrooms are becoming more popular by the day, adding an earthy taste and texture as well as minerals to salads.

Shredded cabbage may sound like an old favorite to you, but have you tried bok choy or other new cabbage varieties? Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, important in cancer prevention.

Herbs are a great new addition to salad ingredients. If you have an herb garden, pick whatever is green and leafy and toss it in your salad.

Shredded carrots are the perfect way to add a depth of color and essential beta-carotene to your salad.

Diced apples and cucumbers adds crunch and fiber with a delicious flavor.

See the benefits of a plate of salad to a burger here, you can share your thoughts on this via twitter. Go on and have a salad today! Happy New Month of March.

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