Forget boring old salads, these Satisfying Summer Salads all taste as good as they look!
Satisfying Summer Salads
This week for my Health in a Handbasket Segment on Good Day Rochester for 13 WHAM News I talked about our Topic of the Week – Satisfying Summer Salads! With summer in full swing and local grocery stores and farmers markets overflowing with fresh produce, now is the perfect time to try something new. Say goodbye to boring old salads and indulge in one of these super-healthy salad bowls that will leave you full and satisfied ♥
Watch the video below– Satisfying Summer Salads!
Hearty Salad Greens
I know you may be thinking, but Emily – a salad is just a salad! But that’s not true! This week I am encouraging you to think beyond your standard salad greens, the usual iceberg & romaine lettuce varieties, to explore new and exciting greens that will pack in the flavor and nutrition. I also want you to think beyond your typical toppings and get creative with the flavors, textures, and nutrient dense ingredients that you can use to make a salad that is truly delicious and satisfying.New #Video! Satisfying #Healthy Summer #Salads | #nutrition Click To Tweet
I also want you to think beyond your typical toppings and get creative with the flavors, textures, and nutrient dense ingredients that you can use to make a salad that is truly delicious and satisfying, and most importantly, nutritious.
Featured in our Rainbow Chicken Quinoa Salad, kale may be a green that you are already familiar with. Kale has been touted as a superfood for years, becoming wildly popular in 2014-2015. There is no doubt that kale truly is a superfood, a food that provides up with an insane amount of nutrition in just a few calories. Just one cup of kale provides nearly 5 grams of dietary fiber (that’s a lot!) and only 36 calories. That means you can eat a lot of kale and actually feel full. Not only is kale low in calories, more importantly, it is high in many very important nutrients our body needs to help aid in digestion and good health.
Packed with antioxidants, kale has the ability to lower your risk of developing cancer. Studies have shown that kale can reduce your risk for bladder, breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer. New research has also shown that there are over 45 different flavonoids in kale which help to provide us with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Much like kale, arugula is a super green as well. With only 10 calories in two cups, you will also get over 50% of your daily value of vitamin K, the vitamin that is critical to both blood and bone health. Arugula will also provide you ith 20% of your daily dose of vitamin A, 8% of vitamin C, and adequate amounts of folate and calcium.
Watch the Video!
Below are the three tasty recipes that were featured in the video above! These are all hearty, fulfilling salads that can be used as either a side or a full meal. They are low in carbohydrates and high in important nutrients like vitamin A, C, K, fiber, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Luscious Avocado Strawberry Salad from the American Diabetes Association
Edible Walnut Salad Bowl from Emily Kyle Nutrition
Rainbow Chicken Quinoa Salad From Yours Truly! ♥
I hope this gets you inspired to visit your local farmers market and try some new salad greens! You never know what you may like. Be sure to let me know what your favorite salad green is below in the comments section. And don’t forget to Pin this article for later!
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