Thursday, November 3, 2011

Top 10 Salads to Remain Healthy and Fit

Salads are the healthiest item one can consume in a day. They are not only low in fats that keep your calorie count in balance but also are rich in vitamins and proteins that help you stay fit. If you are trying to lose weight salads are the best diet for you. They make you fell full as well as do not increase your weight too. Green salads that contain lettuce and vegetables are the most beneficial amongst all. To add taste to the salads and spice up your dish in a healthy way you can add a little dressing to it. There are a numerous options that area available for dressings the most simple of them all is the oil and vinegar dressing. Below is a list of top ten green salads that you must try. One can mix different lettuce each day to try something new.

10. Arugula

The leaves taste likes pepper and the flower of the plant can also be consumed.

9. Boston Lettuce

It grows loosely and is green in color. The outer leaves are dark green and soft compared to the lighter and tender inner ones. It tastes very light.

8. Chicory

Chicory is small curly edged, kind of spiky leaves and has a bitter taste that is not so unpleasant and makes the leaf edible. One can add it in salads with other lettuces that have very light tastes like green lettuce.

7. Watercress

Watercress are small flat leaves that are deep green in color. The stem of the leaves are a little tough and it is better to discard them before adding the leaves to the salad. The leaves have a pepper like taste and can be used in sandwiches or salads that contain citrus fruits.

6. Endive

Endive falls in the same family as chicory and is very close cousin of the same. They taste less bitter taste than it and can actually add a different taste to your dish. They are also best when used sparingly with other lighter tasting lettuce leaves.

5. Escarole

Escarole generally has large leaves with a head that spreads out widely. The ribs at the base are also wide. The outer portion of it is very tough and is discarded before use. They are delectable until not overcooked. They are at its best when added with apples or nuts.

4. Romaine Lettuce

It is also a very popular form of lettuce. The romaine lettuce is crispy green colored leaves. One needs to cut them into smaller pieces before adding it to the dish. They taste delicious especially with oil dressings.

3. Red Leaf Lettuce

The red leaf lettuce grows as loose leafs and cannot be kept for long. What make them interesting is their read leaves that adds color and flavor to the salads. The different colors in the salads can make you feel hungry.

2. Garden Lettuce

It is also referred to as leaf lettuce. They generally grow as loose curly leaves. However, one cannot store them for long. They need to be used as soon as possible after picking or else must be stored in refrigerators for later use.

1. Iceberg Lettuce

This is the most popular kind of lettuce and is liked by all. The iceberg lettuce is widely used in different salads, sandwiches and sometimes in burger as well. It grows in a crisp tight head. One can store them in refrigerator for later use. They have a mild flavor. One can use them to make salad or instead can use it as a base for other salads. It is used for salad decoration as well for presentation.

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