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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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DannyGirl41583 DannyGirl41583 10 years
Over dressing a salad not only makes it soggy and gross - it also defeats the purpose of eating a healthy meal =(.I don't use creamy dressings, I only use vinaigrettes... I use about 2 tablespoons and it is delicious =) Here are soome of my favs...Try em you will not regret it =) Ken's Steakhouse Lite Raspberry Wishbone Red Wine Wishbone Raspberry Hazelnut Vinaigrette Newman's Own Lighten Up! Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Newman's Own Lighten Up! Lowfat Sesame Ginger YUMMY
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Good advice =)
JessBear JessBear 10 years
I can't give up my ranch dressing, no matter how hard I try. If I'm making my own at home, I use a low-sodium ranch packet, and mix it with silken tofu instead of sour cream or buttermilk. It cuts at least some of the calories, and you can't tell the difference.
shortashley shortashley 10 years
That's why I don't even use dressing. Call me wierd, but I cut up peach slices and eat it with my salad. It makes it sweet without packing on a lot of fat and calories!
Lurgeegirl Lurgeegirl 10 years
I was just wondering how much dressing those ladles held today when I hit up the salad bar at lunch. but what is going on with the typos? It's hard to understand the post!
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