Fat-burning, health-boosting (and delicious) salad that’s perfect for lunch

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With so much fresh vegetables and delicious fruits, it would be a shame to make a boring salad.

Why not try something that gives your health a boost? Dalton Wong, trainer to Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence, founder of TwentyTwo Training, and co-author of The Feel Good Plan, has great tips on how to enjoy the freshest ingredients in a nutritious and delicious salad.

Layer your leaves

Spinach, watercress, rocket, chicory, lamb’s lettuce or pea shoots, the darker your greens, the better, with their many health benefits including glowing skin, weight loss, and even a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as cancer.

Packed with magnesium, leafy greens can also help you sleep better, while adding peppery leafy green rocket will provide you with a good source of folates which helps even out mood swings.

Pick your protein

Protein will help you to feel fuller for longer and stop you reaching for sugary afternoon snacks, as well as providing your body with nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and essential amino acids from eggs.

Eggs, chicken, turkey and prawn are all lean options whereas salmon, tuna and ham have more fat.

Beef and lamb are harder to digest, so eat with grilled vegetables.

Add some good fats

Choose one or two healthy fats like olives, avocados, cheese and nuts. As well as their health benefits they also taste great and will help make your salad more satisfying.

Load complex carbs

Quinoa, brown rice, chickpeas, kidney beans or lentils all contain filling fibre which will give you last-the-afternoon energy and keep your digestive system happy and healthy.

Add flavor with fresh herbs

The more flavorsome your food, the more you’ll appreciate it. Herbs such as basil, coriander, parsley and mint make a simple salad sing and enhance flavors just as effectively as salt, something most of us eat too much of.

Top up with texture

Cornichons or pickles, kimchi, alfafa sprouts, and roasted chickpeas add crunch, as do nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts. All are packed with essential vitamins and minerals to help power the rest of your day.

Chop a rainbow

The more colours you eat, the more nutrients you get, so add a variety of different vegetables for maximum health benefits. And as nutrient-packed vegetables are so nourishing, you can end up consuming 350 fewer calories in the day.

Dress up

To finish your salad and add one last boost of health and flavour, add a dressing of one part lemon juice, one part vinegar and three parts healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil.

Source: AFP Relaxnews

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