One should never underestimate the power of a good salad. Adding a daily salad to your diet has major benefits, including providing you with your daily serving or fruits and/or veggies. The best thing about it is that throwing together a salad is that it takes no more than 5-10 minutes and you can customize it with your own favorite mix-ins – my favorites include cranberries, glazed chopped walnuts, and chunks of chicken and fresh mozzarella, with lite raspberry vinaigrette over a bed of leafy greens. Mix-ins also makes salads visually satisfying and the different textures make for an interesting meal. And you’re free to mix it up from day to day, never having the same salad twice.
Salads are packed with fiber and a fiber-rich diet can lower cholesterol levels and help prevent constipation. What’s more is the more fiber you eat the fuller you’ll feel and the less you’ll want to eat resulting in a healthy method of shedding some weight. Keep in mind though; while salads will make you feel full they won’t make you feel fat like other large fatty meals will. Just another winning point for salads! Those who frequently dine on salads are likely to have higher levels of antioxidants in their blood system and have a lowered risk of suffering from many cancers and heart disease.
Take a trip to the following restaurants and eateries, many of which offer the option to create your own custom salad or salad bars.
1. Ruby Tuesday
2120 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale – (631) 293-5395
2. Ciro’s Italian Restaurant
74 Main Street, Kings Park – (631) 269-2600
3. Nick’s Pizza
272 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre – (516) 763-3278
4. Tiger Lily Cafe
156 East Main Street, Port Jefferson – (631) 476-7080
5. Cedarhurst Cafe
477 Chestnut Street, Cedarhurst – (516) 295-1100
6. The Sexy Salad
160 Adams Avenue, Hauppauge – (631) 435-3678
7. Crave Deli & Catering
395 Merrick Avenue, Merrick – (516) 379-1135
8. World Pie
2402 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton – (631) 537-7999
9. The Healthy Beli
6120 Jericho Turnpike, Commack – (631) 462-9810
10. Blimpie’s Subs & Salads
332 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove – (631) 724-1920