Enjoy a Salad During National Salad Month!
Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 8:00 am
Did you know that May is National Salad Month? This health-minded holiday was started in 1992 by the Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) after a poll revealed 3 out of 4 people eat a salad at least 3-4 times a week. National Salad Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our favorite salads while trying some new ones. It can also help us learn more about the fantastic health benefits of salads!
Eating a proper amount of fruits and vegetables is essential for good health. Unfortunately, too many Americans aren’t hitting their daily recommended amount. Salads offer a great way to do just that. In addition to topping your salad with standards like tomatoes or carrots, try tossing in some apple or tangerine slices for an extra serving of fruit. You can also add nuts for a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids.
If you’re looking to turn your salad into a complete meal, be sure to add some protein to it! Grill up some beef, chicken, or fish and top your salad with it. You can also use tofu is you’re looking for a vegetarian option.
The best thing about salad is that the possibilities are truly endless. There are so many ingredients you can add to your salad to improve your health. Ingredients like chia or flax seeds provide a little extra fiber or protein. Adding a little low-fat cheese brings some dairy into your diet for some added calcium. Try using some whole grain wheat croutons to your salad for a little extra crunch and fiber!
No salad is complete without a delicious dressing! Be sure to check the ingredients and nutrition facts for any dressing you enjoy. Some dressings are loaded with a surprising amount of sugar, salt, or fat. You can make delicious low-fat dressings with olive oil and vinegar or mustard. You can also use juice from lemons or limes to give your dressing a tart kick.
Of course, there is also fruit salad if you’re looking for a refreshing treat. Try cutting up some fresh strawberries, kiwis, and melons and tossing together in a bowl. Then just add a little drizzle of organic honey and a little lime juice for a nice salad that will be fantastic at any backyard barbecue. Another idea is to mix together a combo of your favorite fruits with a little fruit juice or some plain yogurt. Be sure to use your favorite seasonal fruits for a dish that truly represents the tastes of spring!
For delicious salad recipes and more information on National Salad Month or the Association of Dressings & Sauces, visit www.saladaday.org