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How to eat at a Salad bar

How to eat at a Salad bar

eat at salad bar
eat at salad bar

I had an interesting conversation with a client today. He told me that at the office conference meet, there was a salad bar displayed but he was perplexed to see the high calorie dressings and refined breads and was curious to make better choices and give the caterer a better idea on what to serve the next time.

So here are a few pointers on how to navigate through a salad bar

  • Steer away from high calorie dressings such as mayonnaise, thousand island dressings, whipped cream and any other thick and creamy dressings. Opt for mustard, vinegar, lemon or yogurt.
  • If you do want to eat with a dressing, take less than a tablespoon at the side, as you would need more to mix if you mix up the salad.
  • Brighter the veggies,better the nutrition. Do not eat rotten looking or wilted veggies.They should look fresh and crunchy and of course clean.
  • Do not eat canned fruits, vegetables as they are high in sugar and salt. Go fresh.
  • Eat lean protein such as egg whites, chicken breast pieces, beans, cottage cheese, steamed shrimps and fresh fish. Its a no-no to egg yolks, canned and processed meats such as as sausages, salami which are high in fat and cholesterol.
  • Do not eat breads and pasta, if you do not consider your salad as a whole meal. But If you do, choose whole grain breads and smaller servings and skip the main course.
  • Choose clear soups, not cream soups.
  • Avoid fried croutons, fried noodles and cheese to cut calories.
  • Add good fats such as olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds. If avocado is served, do not add any other
  • Skip the potato salad. It can add extra calories with carbs and fat.
  • Avoid sauces which are loaded with cream, salt and preservatives.
  • If you want a sweet platter, opt for freshly cut fruits with yogurt. Avoid sugary syrups and ice cream mixes.
  • Stick to 100% juices if served, not coke or beer.

Last but not the least, choose smaller plates and  do not load up all whats is sight. Now enjoy and eat healthy at a salad bar.

Eat shrimps to prevent Alzheimer’s

Eat shrimps to prevent Alzheimer’s

shrimpsShrimps being high in Omega 3 fatty acids and DHA( docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) help to improve our mood and people who consume shrimps are more likely to be less depressed. Research has shown that if these fatty acids are less in the body, there is a decline in mental health which increases your chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. There is an improvement in the blood flow to the brain with the regualr intake of these fatty acids and stimulates the hormones which improve your moods by improving your feel good hormone levels,serotonin. Decreased serotonin levels is a major factor for depression.

Healthy tasty food can be a mood booster hence do not forget to add a few cooked shrimps in your salads and soups.