Including that one ingredient to your salad will not aid you shed extra pounds, says nutritionist

Weight Loss Tips: Avoid adding creamy sauces to your salads to improve weight loss

Highlights

  • Swap mayo or creamy sauces for quark
  • You can also enjoy your salad with hummus
  • Balsamic vinegar is also a healthy dressing for your salad

Salad is one of the most popular weight loss foods. There are several ways to prepare a salad when trying to lose weight. Salads are loaded with fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. By adding these to your weight loss diet, you can also ensure the optimal absorption of essential nutrients. When preparing it, you need to be very careful with the ingredients that you add to a salad. Many also choose ready-to-eat options from the market, but have you ever looked at the labels on them? These creamy salads will definitely pamper your taste buds. But these may not help you lose the amount of weight you want. Combining your salad with a creamy sauce is also one of the most common mistakes to avoid.

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Nutritionist Lovneet Batra shares more about this common salad mistake in one of her Instagram posts. “Salads are great, aren’t they? You are getting lots of fiber, lots of free vitamins and minerals, and such beautiful skin! But when you buy your creamy sauce salads at the store then you really aren’t. In fact, all of your good nutrients fade away in the.” Compared to the massive sugar and salt intake! “

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Creamy sauces can load your salad with excess salt and sugar
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The dietitian goes on to mention that most creamy sauces are loaded with hidden salt and sugar. These can also contain synthetic preservatives and hydrogenated fats fortified with cholesterol.

Adding cheese and croutons to a salad also adds unnecessary calories and ingredients to the food.

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What are the healthy alternatives?

“The low-fat creamy sauces are worse because they have an even high sugar and sodium concentration!” Batra warns.

She adds, “Stick to a fresh green salad. Spritz lemon or garlic aioli (homemade) and olive oil dressing.”

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You can replace the creamy sauce with hanging cottage cheese, which is a probiotic and also contains protein. It gives you a similar taste and increases the nutritional value of the salads.

Hummus is also a great option that can be used to add flavor to your salad. Other healthy herbs can also be part of your salad.

So enjoy a healthy salad with no creamy sauces and stick to your weight loss goals!

(Lovneet Batra is a Delhi-based nutritionist)

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