Fill your plate with unlimited low calorie salad greens. There are less than 10 calories in one cup of lettuce, spinach, and other greens!
Choose as many fresh, plain veggies (without butter or sauce) as possible.
One cup of most vegetables will only add 10-45 calories to your salad! One cup is about the size of a baseball.
Choose a source of lean protein for your salad:
Calories from cheese, nuts, and croutons can add up fast!
Use portion control when it comes to salad dressing; use the low fat or reduced fat option if it’s available. Calories in dressing can add up fast!
One tablespoon of:
Source: Calorie information from Calorieking.com
The small, clear plastic portion cups often sitting out at a salad bar hold 4 tablespoons of dressing. One small container filled with ranch dressing is 300 calories! And it probably won’t even seem like enough for your salad.
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