Summer days often come with higher temperatures and humidity. It can be unappealing to heat up the kitchen by cooking. Many people also find heavy meals less appetizing. Fresh salads packed with fruits and vegetables can be a more tempting choice at mealtime.
One benefit of incorporating salad into your daily summer menu is increased hydration. Many fresh fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, celery, tomatoes, and lettuce, have a high water content. Because seniors are at higher risk for dehydration, that extra boost of water can help.
While salads might seem like a healthy choice for an entrée, they aren’t always. This is especially true at restaurants. Sometimes the fat, calories, and sodium can exceed those found in a burger and fries! Knowing what to include in your salad and what to avoid is key.
Basic Healthy Salad Ingredients
Here are a few tips to keep your salad on the healthy side:
With farmer’s markets gaining in popularity, one near you might be a great source of fresh ingredients for your salads this summer.
Healthy Summer Salad Recipes
If you are looking for inspiration, these sites share tasty summer salad recipes.
Trying a new healthy salad recipe or two each week can help spice up summer mealtimes.
If you are interested in learning more about eating well during retirement, visit our Senior Eats blog. You’ll find information on topics ranging from managing your diet when you have diabetes to tips for planning healthy meals.