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Life Lessons: Super salads

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: May 10 2013 04:00:00 AM CDT

Life lessons super salads

Summer is a great time to fall in love with salads again.

Dieticians say most are tasty and good for you, but some are not. It all has to do with how you prepare it.

Kim Wilson, founder of Healthy You says some salads can have as much as 1,000 calories.

"Some salads are definitely not healthy for you," Wilson says.

Wilson says stick with the basics.

First, chop up some bok choy lettuce.

Cut some red onion and shred a couple of carrots.

Core a large apple and add it to the processor.

For the dressing just mix almond milk, raisins, cashews, and balsamic vinegar.

Wilson says stay away from creamy dressings. Make your own when you can!

Ditch the iceberg and try a dark green like romaine. It's packed with vitamins and contains about 40-percent protein.

Cut the croutons and cheese and use finely-chopped cashews instead. Dried fruit also adds lots of sugar.

For another easy salad, chop some romaine lettuce.

Add blueberries, avocado, and red bell peppers. Sprinkle on some pumpkin seeds.

For the dressing combine balsamic and apple cider vinegar, tahini, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup and one more thing.

Wilson says, "My secret ingredient, which is nutritional yeast flakes. This gives it a little of a cheesy flavor."

If you're wondering, the reason darker leafy greens contain more antioxidants and nutrients than lighter colored lettuce is because the darker leaves absorb more light and in turn synthesize more vitamins.