Salads are the best way to hold on to your healthy resolutions. A big bowl filled with tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, and chicken breast is all you need to keep you pumped while trying to shed some extra pounds. But when it comes to palatability, salads are not anywhere near the top. But this doesn’t have to be so. All you need to do is to jazz up your bowl of green-goodness. Adding some toppings or a dash of exotic oils can do wonders to your salads. Here are 10 tips to transform your salad bowls.
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1. Roast The Vegetables
Apart from the usual share of boiled and raw vegetables, try adding some roasted vegetables. Roasted zucchini, pumpkin, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and potatoes can revolutionize your salads. Add a dash of sautéed onions to this and you will never have to eat boring salads again.
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2. Add Seasonal Fruits
Fruits can zest up any dish they are added to, including salads. Try chopping up your favorite fruits and adding them to your bowl of veggies. Fruits go perfectly with crunchy and bitter greens. Apples, mangoes, pears, watermelon, grapes, melons, all go great with salads. You can try adding dry fruits too to jazz things up a little more.
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3. Add Fresh Herbs And Spices
As long as you are stocked up on some refreshing herbs and exotic spices, you will never have to stomach bland salads. Try experimenting with different flavors and find out what works for you the best. Parsley, mint, oregano, thyme, rosemary, coriander, all can transform your salads miraculously.
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4. Get Inspired By Your Favorite Cuisines
What is your favorite cuisine? Thai? Chinese? Mexican? Indian? Whichever it is, try out a few tips from some exotic cuisines you like. Try your hand at some yummy salads that are popular in these countries. You can even try including the sauces and spices that are popular in these cuisines.
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5. Add Marinated Protein
Adding protein to your salads will make sure you stay more energetic throughout the day. Adding tofu, cottage cheese, chicken, eggs, or beef is a great idea to keep your salads more interesting. Instead of merely boiling your protein, try marinating it and experience the dire difference it can make.
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6. Add Noodles Or Pasta
This is a terrific idea to make your salads look and feel like they are not salads at all. It is easier to down a bowl of pasta or noodles sprinkled with veggies instead of plain salad. Switch to wholemeal pasta and noodles as they are healthier and will make you feel fuller for a longer period of time.
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7. Add Rice, Oats, Or Other Grains
The easiest solution to make a boring bowl of veggies interesting is by adding grains to it. Grains like brown rice, oats, bran, quinoa etc. are low on calories and filled with essential nutrients and carbohydrates. Add some spices while cooking the grains and your salad will be yummy like never before.
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8. Make It More Colorful
Your eye can trick you into eating a lot of things if they look delicious. Try the same trick with your salads. Make your salad look delectable with the help of colorful fruits, vegetables, berries, and protein. Try not to limit your salads to greens alone. Stick to the seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices for more variety.
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9. Play With Texture
It is important that you pay attention to different textures to make your healthy journey more interesting. Cook some ingredients, fry the others, caramelize come, leave some raw. Add sauces, spices, nuts and dry fruits. Your taste buds and stomach will thank you for the roller coaster of textures they are exposed to.
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10. Try New Dressings
Salad dressing plays a vital role in determining the taste of your salads. We are not talking about vinegar or olive oil. Expand your horizons, try your hand at different nut butters, herbs, spices, and sauces. A dash of some these yummy ingredients is exactly what you need to fall in love with salads.