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Diet Tip: Salad Bar Ladles

Salad greens count as a super food in my book. The salad bar dressings we ladle on those greens might be tasty, but they are often high in fat and calories. So cutting down on the dressing is important if you are trying to reduce your fat and caloric intake, like if you're dieting for instance.

Next time you visit a salad bar, pay attention to the size of the ladle, since they can vary widely and could hold anywhere from two to six tablespoons. The most common ladle size holds four-tablespoons of dressing which is equal to two standard servings, as listed on the food labels of salad dressing bottles (here's a salad dressing breakdown in case you're interested).

Lift the ladle out of the dressing and size it up before you fill it with dressing. A ladle the size of a ping-pong ball or a short shot glass will give you two tablespoons. If it’s bigger than that, make sure you only fill the ladle half-way before dressing your salad.

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