When you’re dieting, you probably try to follow all of the general dieting tips and tricks. The big ones are to stay away from fried foods, drink a lot of water, eat salads regularly, right? But, what if your weight loss salad is actually doing more harm than good? Not all salads are healthy–disappointing news, we know. Just because you made yourself a plate of greens, doesn’t guarantee that it’s good for you. While a green salad is usually thought to be a safe bet, this is not always the case.
There are a number of things you could be doing wrong when it comes to crafting a healthy salad. From topping it with too much cheese, to using full-fat dressing, there’s a lot of crucial salad mistakes that you could be making.
Adding Roasted Nuts
The number one mistake that you could be making may not seem like a mistake at all. Adding nuts to your salad may not seem like a big deal at first. In fact, you may even think you're doing a good thing by tossing them in there. The reality is that nuts are often roasted in a really unhealthy way and can be adding unnecessary calories, sodium and sugar to your salad.
When nuts are cooked, a lot of unhealthy ingredients are added to them. First, there are the additional fats from the cooking oils that are used in the roasting process. The high-fat content in roasted nuts can really pack on the calories. There is around 330 calories in just 1/3 cup. That's not what you want to be putting into what could have been a really healthy salad.
The other reason roasted nuts are unhealthy is the high quantity of sodium in them. This should come as no shock, considering most nuts are salted heavily. The sodium in nuts is terrible for your blood pressure, and high blood pressure is often associated with obesity and weight gain.
If you're still craving the crunch from nuts in your salad, there are plenty of great alternatives. Instead, try including unsalted cashews or almonds. Both types of nuts are high in healthy fats, which can actually help promote weight loss. You can also top your salad with sunflower seeds. Just remember, always look for raw, unsalted options.