(HealthDay News) -- Salads don't have to be bland to be nutritious. At the same time, it's easy to overdo calories and fats when adding ingredients to your greens.
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The American Heart Association offers these salad-creating tips:
- Choose dark, leafy greens and accent with fresh herbs. Adding veggies -- such as cucumber, cauliflower and broccoli -- boosts crunch and nutrition.
- Include lean proteins -- such as fish, skinless chicken, hard-boiled egg, beans, nuts and low-fat cheese.
- Chop up fresh fruit for added sweetness.
- Add whole grains to help you feel fuller. Opt for quinoa, barley, couscous, bulgur or wild rice.
- Make a healthy vinaigrette with olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices.
-- Diana Kohnle
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