If you're trying to eat healthy, a salad is a good place to start. After all, you can't go wrong with a bowl of leafy greens and veggies. But if you're just sticking to nonstarchy vegetables, you could actually hinder your weight-loss goals.
Dietitian Rachel Paul, PhD, RD (@collegenutritionist on Instagram) showed the difference between a salad just made of nonstarchy vegetables and one that will actually keep you full. The problem with the one on the left is that it is too low in calories and lacking other macronutrients such as protein and fat, so it will leave you feeling hungry soon after.
The salad on the right, on the other hand, has healthy fats from the avocado, protein from the chicken, and a low-calorie dressing to make it all taste good.
"LUNCH should be FILLING!" Rachel wrote in her caption. "It's no good to eat an unsatisfying lunch... only to get hungry soon after & not be able to concentrate on work or school! Fill your salad with good protein and fats - and use those non-starchy veggies to add a lot of VOLUME."
If you're looking to build a satisfying salad, there are tons of healthy salad recipes to get inspiration from. And don't be afraid to add in some healthy fats: avocados, nuts, or an olive oil-based dressing will keep you satisfied until dinner.