- Salads are versatile and can be made in hundreds of different ways to satisfy any taste.
- You can grow it in your backyard! Save money, eat healthy.
- Leafy greens, vegetables and fruits are among the healthiest foods in the world.
- Diets rich in fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system and keep you healthy.
- Some salad ingredients, such as peas, black beans, broccoli, avocados, spinach and apples contain high amounts of fiber. Diets high in fiber can lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart.
- Packing a salad for your lunch at work or school saves money.
- Salads generally have fewer calories than other meal options – provided they aren’t drenched in caloric dressing and toppings.
- Salads are portable. Consider using a Mason jar or Tupperware container with built in dressing container.
- Making your own salad dressing saves money and unnecessary consumption of preservatives and artificial ingredients.
I have been continually surprised at the lack of healthy food options for my kids. Luckily, they love salads. Unluckily, salads are rarely offered at school, restaurants, or at friend’s houses. I sometimes feel like I am a kid’s salad warrior (I’m not a warrior of anything!), but I will force this on them even when it’s unpopular. Salads are a healthy way to open conversation about growing food, healthy living, and saving money. They’ll thank me later!
So grab some veggies and experiment with a salad!