Salads are reputed to be among the healthiest foods to eat on a daily basis because of their rich vegetable content as well as insoluble fiber which helps to keep your digestive system running smoothly. Salads have also been known to reduce cholesterol levels and maintain a balance in your blood sugar levels.
However, if you aren’t aware of the various ways you can change your salads around and mix them up, things could get monotonous very quickly. This article will bring to light some delicious and protein-packed salad recipes that can make your salads a whole lot more interesting:
1. Arugula Chicken Salad
This salad is flavorful and highly nutritious and has been associated with numerous health benefits. Research has indicated that the Arugula chicken salad is rich in folic acid, (a useful type of Vitamin B that helps the body to produce new cells and combat damaging DNA changes) Vitamin A, C and K are essential minerals for growth such as copper and iron.
2. Tuna Apple Salad
Tuna and apple make an amazing combination. This salad is more flexible to prepare than many others: you can eat it on a sandwich or lettuce wrap, but whichever method you choose, it still gives you the greatest taste and many useful nutrients.
To make this recipe you will need about 2 cans of Tuna in water, sweet relish, apple, garlic powder, fat-free mayo and celery. At the end of the day, you’ll be consuming a total of 327 calories with over 58 grams of protein.
3. Spinach Almond Salad
The Spinach almond salad recipe is a very “nutrient-dense” food. To lighten things up you can include broccoli, protein-packed eggs and basil leaves for some extra flavor. You might also want to add roma tomatoes and almonds.
4. Lemon Quinoa Mint Salad
Apart from being delicious, the Lemon Quinoa Mint Salad is also full of proteins coupled with a stimulating taste. Just like the Tuna Apple Salad, the Lemon Quinoa Mint Salad can go with almost everything. To make this recipe you will need Quinoa, pine nuts, mint leaves, juice from a lemon, sea salt and basil oil.
5. Beans and Sweet Potato Salad
Generally, beans are very high in antioxidants, fiber, B Vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and above all, a very good source of protein. Combining this with sweet potatoes will give you the most incredible taste and nutritional value to your diet. To make this recipe you will need kidney beans, black beans, whole kernel corn, cilantro, sweet potatoes, garlic salt and olive oil.
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