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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

So You Think You're Eating Heathy?

I first wrote this article about 5 years ago. It was the first article I have ever written. It is still relevant today. I will follow up with others like this one in a series.

Salads

So you think your eating healthy? (Salads)
You decide to make a change in your life. Decide its time to get healthy and lose weight. You start thinking ill order the salad instead of the cheeseburger because it will be much healthier…… think again.
Between the dressings, cheese, croutons, bacon, candied nuts. They have become less and less healthy
I am a cook by trade. I also have a nutrition background.
The last restaurant that I worked in served this salad called the Crispy chicken caesar penne. Everyone would order this salad because they thought it was a healthy option. I used to cringe every time I was required to make it.
Below are the ingredients and calories in the salad
Lettuce 2 calories
7oz slightly warmed white penne pasta 722 calories
1.5 tablespoons of parmesan cheese 32 calories
2 slices of bacon (crumbled) 87 calories
¼ cup season croutons 46 calories
Caesar dressing 116 calories
3 crispy chicken fingers (deep fried) 2220 calories
For a total of 3225 calories in a “healthy” salad
That is almost 6 big macs (563 calories each)
To keep your salads healthy:
Use a small amount of cheese, croutons and other non vegetable and fruit items
Poached or boiled chicken breast
Keep your dressing on the side then just dip your fork in the dressing then in the salad. You will use far less
Or better yet use the juice from citrus fruits.
Following these suggestions will keep most salads between 100 and 200 calories