Superfoods are the stars of the food world. Defined as healthy food that are nutritionally dense, there are several different ones that make a smart addition to your diet. If you’re a healthy eater, you must work salads into your lunchtime rotation at work as salads fill you up thanks to the large volume of vegetables. They also allow you to take in several vitamins, minerals and nutrients. So why not put some superfoods into your lunchtime salads and power up for the rest of your work day? Here are the top 10 superfood salads.
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1. Grown-up Fruit Salad
By now we know that avocadoes are good for us -- they have the good kind of fat that our bodies need along with folate and Vitamin K. Technically a fruit, avocadoes are a good addition to any salad. If you’re interested in living a healthy lifestyle, you’re most likely already eating avocadoes -- or at least enjoy them in the form of guacamole with some chips at happy hour. Try a grown-up fruit salad for your work lunch to shake up your normal green salad routine. Try some cut up avocado, grapefruit, and oranges. Add a grilled chicken breast for protein and enjoy this fruit salad that is just as sweet as the one you’re probably used to but without the added sugar from the fruit juice it typically sits in.
2. Blueberry Tuna Salad
Blueberries have a high level of antioxidants and are good for your brain. Enjoy a new take on your regular tuna salad by mixing canned tuna with low-fat mayo, cut up celery, and blueberries. Eat on a bed of arugula with some whole-grain crackers on the side. You can also make a tuna salad sandwich and put it in a pita or on whole grain bread.
3. Kale Chicken Caesar
A chicken Caesar is a popular food on restaurant menus, but have you ever had one that actually replaces the usual lettuce with the superfood kale? This trendy green vegetable is packed with vitamins, iron and calcium. Replace the parmesan cheese in the Caesar dressing with nutritional yeast which has a cheesy flavor and is cherished by vegans for its boost of Vitamin B12. Just mix a teaspoon with lemon juice, Greek yogurt and garlic (only if you’re brave).
4. Quinoa Veggie Salad
Quinoa is the superfood of the grain world. It’s got protein and antioxidants. Mix roasted red peppers, grilled zucchini, and cubed sweet potato into 1 cup of quinoa. Just add salt, pepper, lemon juice, and any spices you want, and you’ve got a very healthy lunch that will power you through your afternoon.
5. Pumpkin Seed Steak Salad
Enjoy a juicy steak salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and black olives, and add the superfood pumpkin seeds for their added nutritional benefits. These tiny seeds have zinc and are thought to stop your chances of getting cancer.
6. Black Bean Mexican Salad
Black beans are good for your digestion. Take the ingredients of your favorite fast-food burrito bowl and enjoy them in a lunchtime salad that will be much more interesting and tasty than your usual green salad. Mix black beans, diced tomato, guacamole, and salsa on your choice of greens. Mix it up with kale one day and try romaine lettuce the next. Eat with a whole-wheat wrap or tortilla for a healthy carbohydrate and reap the benefits of whole grains too.
7. Salmon Salad
Salmon should already be a part of your regular healthy dinner rotation. It’s a popular fish and for a good reason: it has omega-3 fatty acids. Take your leftover salmon from last night’s dinner and use it for lunch at work. Eat with mixed lettuces for some variety, strawberries and mango for a fruity, sweet taste.
8. Broccoli and Cheese Salad
Remember when you were a kid and the only way your mother could convince you to eat broccoli was if she melted cheese on top? Broccoli is a good choice because it has calcium and Vitamin C. Bring some leftover roasted broccoli to the office and melt some low-fat shredded cheddar cheese on top (if there is a microwave in the kitchen office). For some protein, you can enjoy it with a grilled chicken breast.
9. Shrimp and Red Cabbage Salad
Pretend you’re on a vacation even when you’re just having lunch at your desk whilst checking emails. Cook red cabbage to reap the health benefits and enjoy with shrimp, shredded carrot and pineapple for a tropical twist. Red cabbage is thought to reduce cholesterol and help reduce some of the cancer risks.
10. Nutty Chicken Salad
Almond butter is super healthy thanks to its healthy fats. It also has Vitamin E and antioxidants. Say goodbye to the same old chicken salad and heat up some almond butter to use as a dressing for plain chicken strips with lettuce, green peppers, and almonds.
Forget your typical lunch salads and enjoy these top 10 superfood salads to gain all the benefits. Go tropical with a shrimp and cabbage salad, try a new take on a chicken Caesar with kale, or go Mexican with a black bean salad. Your health will thank you.
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