....and really just becomes a melange of fats and extra totally unnecessary calories on your plate. Cobb and Chef's salads immediately come to mind. I mean, who doesn't want to knock back bacon, bleu cheese, avocado and deli meats while chewing through some lettuce, tomato and other cool little vegs? I know I like it! But, when I'm trying to cut the cals, all that other stuff (like the cheese and the bacon) has got to go~! Adding those items can contribute up to 300+ calories to what is supposed to be a low calorie option. And that's even before adding dressing! If you're really trying to keep tabs on your weight, skip these meat and cheese laden salads, or at least take the larger portion of items like bacon, and cheeses off of the salad. That way you can still enjoy the taste of these lovely creations without sabotaging your diet. I mean, some of these salads are so loaded and rich that at the end of it, you might as well have had a cheeseburger!
We've become so creative with salads lately that we're beginning to miss the point (well, at least one of them) of having a salad in the first place -- to ingest something a bit healthier than usual and get some fresh vegetables into our bodies. Don't fool yourself into thinking you're doing the right thing by eating loaded salads all the time. Cut back on those extra toppings and you'll cut out a ton of unwanted calories and fat.
I need to go and de fat a Cobb Salad I bought from Wendy's this afternoon as we speak. Hey, I had to try it! They just came out with their Cobb salad, and Cobb has always been a guilty favorite. I was already addicted to that Mandarin Orange one....once I knock off some of that bacon and cheese, we will be in business! ;)