Salads have always been synonymous with diet food. They’re the kind of thing you eat when you’ve got a class reunion coming up. Or, maybe you bring healthy main dish salads for lunch on Mondays for a nutritional “reset” after a weekend of indulgences. But, salads aren’t always as healthy as they seem. There are sneaky ways that we unknowingly sabotage an otherwise nutritious bowl of veggie goodness.
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I live in the dairy state so, as a Wisconsinite, I truly understand our collective obsession with cheese. It’s creamy, rich, flavorful and just plain delicious, so there’s good reason why it adorns most leafy greens. But cheese is also high in calories, saturated fat and sodium. If you can’t live without it (I know the struggle is real), use just a tablespoon of really flavorful cheese like blue cheese, sharp cheddar or feta.