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18 ‘Healthy’ Habits That Really Aren’t

The Daily Meal Logo By Holly Van Hare of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 18: <p>Oftentimes, <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/best-recipes/50-sensational-salad-recipes"><b>the salad is the perfectly healthy choice</b></a>. However, restaurants tend to vary a lot in their definition of “a salad.” At some restaurants, <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/8-salad-toppings-are-making-you-fat/33114"><b>the salads are absolutely loaded with fats</b></a> and not much else - they might have dressing, nuts, cheese, and fried garnishes. However, tons of fats with a tiny bit of greens don't make a wholesome meal.</p><p>On the other hand, some restaurants have salads on the menu that look skimpy at best. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/watermelon-radish-and-fennel-salad-meyer-lemon-vinaigrette-recipe"><b>Watermelon radish salad?</b></a> Yeah, that's not dinner. On your plate, you'll likely get a half cup of fruit, some raw vegetables, and maybe a sprinkle or two of cheese drizzled with vinaigrette. You'll leave feeling unsatisfied and hungry.</p><p>If it's your whole meal, <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/50-salads-spring-and-summer"><b>a healthy salad</b></a> will have a good balance of carbs (like grains, fruit, or potatoes), protein, and fats.</p><p>Often, <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/10-tips-eating-healthy-any-restaurant"><b>a much healthier choice at a classic American-style restaurant</b></a> is a grilled or baked piece of meat with some vegetables and grains. It'll make for a much more filling, tasty, and healthy main course.</p>

Always Ordering Salad

Oftentimes, the salad is the perfectly healthy choice. However, restaurants tend to vary a lot in their definition of “a salad.” At some restaurants, the salads are absolutely loaded with fats and not much else - they might have dressing, nuts, cheese, and fried garnishes. However, tons of fats with a tiny bit of greens don't make a wholesome meal.

On the other hand, some restaurants have salads on the menu that look skimpy at best. Watermelon radish salad? Yeah, that's not dinner. On your plate, you'll likely get a half cup of fruit, some raw vegetables, and maybe a sprinkle or two of cheese drizzled with vinaigrette. You'll leave feeling unsatisfied and hungry.

If it's your whole meal, a healthy salad will have a good balance of carbs (like grains, fruit, or potatoes), protein, and fats.

Often, a much healthier choice at a classic American-style restaurant is a grilled or baked piece of meat with some vegetables and grains. It'll make for a much more filling, tasty, and healthy main course.

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