Many of us have hated eating vegetables and greens right from an early age. As we grow, we hear more about the importance of having at least five servings of fruits and vegetables in a day. Though we all know salads are good for us, we still dread having them. Here are a few more reasons to develop a daily habit of having salads:
Salads Help you Get Your Daily Quota of Fiber: It is important to have adequate fiber in your diet as fiber not only helps to reduce cholesterol, but also helps to reduce constipation. Hence, having salads contributes to your gut health in addition to helping improve your general health. The fiber also helps you to feel full and leads to less intake of calories on a daily basis.
Salads Need Less Cooking Time: Compared to complex main course dishes and even simple dishes like soups, salads do not call for heavy duty cooking skills. If you know how to wash and rinse leaves, boil an egg, grill meat, germinate pulses, you can become one great salad chef.
Salads offer immense scope for variety: There is no fixed way to make a salad. You can toss in any ingredients you like to make a healthy, crunchy salad that is visually appealing and tasty as well. You can also opt for the dressing of your choice whether it is just olive oil, or a light vinaigrette dressing.
Salads are Ideal for Hot Weather: Salads are perfect for the weather here with their cooling and refreshing effect on our minds and on our stomachs. You don’t have to work for hours in a hot kitchen to make a salad and the light effect it will have on your stomach will be truly welcome.
Salads are Ideal for Work Meals: Due to the ease with which you can prepare a salad in the morning, salads are ideal for tasty bagged lunches. They do not have strong odors and do not leak all over. Pack the dressing separately.
Salads Help Improve Your Immunity: Eating salads on a regular basis can help boost your immunity to heart disease and cancer as raw fruits and vegetables have a high level of antioxidants. This is why those who have a Mediterranean diet comprising plenty of salads have a longer and healthier lifespan. This is one of the most compelling reasons why salads should be a regular part of your life and should not be taken just when the guilt pangs hit.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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