I love a good salad, but we’ve all had some boring ones, especially when trying to keep it healthy—not piled high with fried chicken or tucked into a taco shell. No, I’m talking about real salads, the kind that I have a hard time getting excited for. But once you’ve mastered a well-constructed salad it can be so satisfying (and filling)! The key is the toppings, of course. Here are five healthy-ish salad additions to elevate your pile of greens:
- Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkin seeds are high in minerals like magnesium and zinc. They are also a great source of omegas 3’s and of protein. Since they’re seeds, they also are safe to bring into nut free facilities.
- Flax Seeds. Flax seeds are one of the best sources of omega 3’s and the best source of lignans. Lignans are high in antioxidants, help to eliminate toxins and support the growth of probiotics in the gut. Flax seeds are also a great source of fiber.
- Olives. Olives add a fun, salty twist on a classic salad. They’re high in antioxidants, and boost glutathione, which supports the body as it detoxifies. They are a great source of healthy fats and can reduce inflammation.
- Beets. Beets don’t have a strong taste, if that worries you. They also bring a fun pop of color to a salad. In addition, they can help to lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, are high in Vitamin C and have phytonutrients than can help fight cancer.
- Goat Cheese. Goat Cheese is the fanciest of cheeses on a salad. It has fewer calories than cow cheese, is high in protein and is easier to digest than traditional dairy.