Salads are not only about green and leafy vegetables but, you can even combine them with an array of fruits to create an exciting salad. There are no specific ways of preparing a salad. Cut out on the same boring salads you have been having and try combining a variety of all your favourite veggies, fruits and nuts, topped with different dressings, and keep experimenting for a different one everytime. Apart from being delicious, salads are even healthy. But, do you know what health benefits do they offer?
Green leafy vegetables and fruits provide a high amount of protein to your body, which is essential because your body doesn't store proteins and thus, requires a regular supply of it. Proteins provide amino acids that build up your body's bones and muscles. Add apricots, raisins, prunes, avocado and figs to have a tasty high-protein fruit salad.
Adding the right kind of fruits to your salad can help the body absorb healthy nutrients. Eating such a salad before a main course meal is helpful since it aids in feeling fuller and thus, you have a lower intake of calories from the main meal afterwards. This way you will be able to lose weight. Fruits that are low in calories include grapefruit, tangerines, watermelons and strawberries.
Fruits are a good source of fiber, which helps your digestive tract stay healthy. The fiber content will lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar balanced. The slow rate of sugar being absorbed into the blood will make your intestines work faster and will speed up digestion; thus, keeping your stomach healthy. High-fiber fruits include raspberries, blackberries, avocados and pears.
The veggies and fruits in salads are antioxidants. Including fruits like raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, prunes and cranberries into your veggie salads will help raise your blood levels, and your intake of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, lycopene and carotene will increase, which will help protect your body from free radicals, which can damage the cells of your DNA or the cell membrane.
Relief from cancer and heart diseases
Researches have shown that eating lots of fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart diseases and cancer of the head and neck, no matter even if they are heavy drinkers and smokers. Include beans, peas, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, apples, peaches, plums, pears and strawberries to your salad to protect your body from such diseases.
Apart from the above mentioned advantages, salads also provide lots of minerals and vitamins to the body that serve differently. It is very essential for you as well as your kids to munch on salads. Try creating visually interesting salad for your kids and ask them to assist in preparing them. They will be motivated to eat the salads that they help in preparing. Try creating different combinations of salads everyday, with different ingredients, toppings, dressings and spices.
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