By: Niña Bermio
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

Our busy lives can often be detrimental to our health. Because we are so busy, we feel the pressure to stay on our feet. Recently, people have been more aware of how they are taking care of their bodies, being especially aware of what they eat to keep healthy. The automatic thought that we have when we think of a healthy meal is a salad. But when we think of salads, the first image that pops into our heads is a small plate of lettuce with tomatoes and maybe some cucumber. We inevitably find it difficult to stay healthy because our meals don’t excite us with flavor anymore.

But you can add a few things into your salads that will add texture and flavor! These ingredients also add extra levels of nutrition in your meal. Here are 5 mix-ins that can switch up your salad game:

1. Apples + Walnuts + Blue Cheese

These salad mix-ins will add those different textures and contrasting flavors that will make your meal more exciting. The sweet and juicy apples are high in water and fiber, making it a great addition to your diet. The oils in the mildly bitter and crunchy walnuts have been proven to be good for your heart. Blue cheese is soft and tangy and high in calcium!

2. Quinoa + Pineapple + Chili

Even a small portion of quinoa allows us to reach our manganese requirement, which helps with our metabolism. It is also perfect for salads because the grain is filling and can carry you through the day. Meanwhile, pineapple offers fiber, potassium and Vitamin C to your body. Try charring the pineapple first for that extra depth of flavor. Apart from bringing in the spice, the capsaicin in chilis promotes weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing fat burning.

3. Dill + Tarragon + Basil

Though this salad does not offer different textures, it remains unique because of the different flavors of each herb, with some being deeper in taste or more fresh. Of course, on top of the interesting blend of flavors, herbs are rich in antioxidants and have many health benefits. Dill is rich in Vitamin A which is good for immunity, tarragon helps with blood sugar regulation, and basil is good for your liver.

4. Crabmeat + Mayonnaise + Mustard

These mix-ins are better enjoyed in moderation because they are high in cholesterol, but they are so rich in flavor that you will only need a little of it to make your salad delicious. Crabmeat is still nutritious, with phosphorous which helps bone health. Likewise, mayonnaise contains omega-3 which is good for your heart. Mustard, on the other hand, has a high content of magnesium which promotes better and deeper sleep.

5. Watermelon + Feta + Olives

The refreshing watermelon is made mostly of water, so it is great for hydration. On top of that, watermelon contains lycopene which has been proven to protect cells from damage. The probiotics in the salty feta cheese are good for digestion. Finally, olives are rich in antioxidants.

These additions to even just a plate of lettuce will make your salad more than it was before! Hopefully, this list has given you hope that you need not resort to fatty dressings that will ultimately ruin your diet. So go and toss your own nutritious and delicious salads, because you deserve a healthy and beautiful life!

Sincerely,

The COHO Living Team.

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