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How many calories are there is a homemade salad on average as opposed to a fast food salad?

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July 16, 2019 / By Bobbi
Question: I was just wondering, because sometimes people think they are choosing the healthier option when they go out and order a salad. However I wonder if they would have been better off (quantitatively) if they just made it out home???
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Alana Alana | 1 day ago
It's the other things added to a salad besides the veggies that make them unhealthy. Croutons, bacon, fried chicken strips, heavy dressings, etc. are what make salads a poor choice at some locations. By choosing a side salad at a restaurant instead of a cheeseburger, it's a far better choice, but topping it with 2 packets of Ranch dressing at 300 calories a packet and 27 grams of fat really isn't going to rescue your diet. Might as well just get the Big Mac. Choose fat free or lite dressing if it's an option, and don't use the whole packet--or if you can plan ahead, bring your own in a little Rubbermaid cup with a lid. Skip the chicken or try it with grilled, and consider asking for another dish so you can split it into a couple of servings.
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Alana Originally Answered: How many calories are there is a homemade salad on average as opposed to a fast food salad?
It's the other things added to a salad besides the veggies that make them unhealthy. Croutons, bacon, fried chicken strips, heavy dressings, etc. are what make salads a poor choice at some locations. By choosing a side salad at a restaurant instead of a cheeseburger, it's a far better choice, but topping it with 2 packets of Ranch dressing at 300 calories a packet and 27 grams of fat really isn't going to rescue your diet. Might as well just get the Big Mac. Choose fat free or lite dressing if it's an option, and don't use the whole packet--or if you can plan ahead, bring your own in a little Rubbermaid cup with a lid. Skip the chicken or try it with grilled, and consider asking for another dish so you can split it into a couple of servings.

Travers Travers
Salad is salad...lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes will be the same no matter where you get it from. What matters is what else is in the salad, and the dressings. Salad is usually a good choice if you're in a fast food joint. You just have to beware of chicken breast that's fried, and always choose whatever "light" dressing the place has to offer. Even better, if you could carry your own dressing with you, then you have less to worry about in terms of the fat and calories in the dressing. A good idea is to check out restaurant's nutrition info online before you head out. Learn the ones to stay away from. For example, there's a salad at Applebee's with sliced steak..it has over 900 calories, and over 50 grams of fat..how is that even possible? I like the idea of just making food at home and bringing it with you. You always know exactly what's going in it, you can choose to leave out the fatty stuff, and it doesn't take much effort to prepare.
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Reed Reed
Check with this calorie chart with over 7,000 foods listed. Every food label includes Calories, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Total Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, Sugars and Protein values. http://www.healthcrazed.com/articles/calorie-chart.htm if you still can't find what you are looking for, check calories for a related food or product there. evetything you do at home is better and cheaper. You know what you put it, you do it for yourself, you try to please your own taste and it costs much less.
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Max Max
It is better when you make it at home for a few reasons. The first and most important is that fast food salads are LOADED with sodium. At home you KNOW whats all in it and how much is added, without all the extras. It's better to fix one at home where you know how much of what is in things.
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Jody Jody
Unless you, or the fast food place is loading them with french fries, gobs of high fat dressing or meats I'd have to say that the calories would be pretty much the same. I don't think fast food places use any different types of lettuce or other fixings whose calories would vary from what ingredients that people use at home.
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Jody Originally Answered: how to make low carb salad on fat days on raw food?
Almost all plant foods except for straight up oils will contain some amount of healthy carbs. However, the veggies in most salads are so low in overall calories from carbs that almost any salad will have most of its calories from fat, some from protein, and just a few from carbs. Super high fat, super low carb days will harm your health overall, and will not help you meet either weight loss or muscle building goals. Yes, consume plenty of good, healthy oils from nuts, avocado, coconut, flax seed, and some extra virgin olive oil. And absolutely, keep sugary ingredients under control. But going seriously low carb without attention to which carbs you're slashing is not compatible with a healthy, raw vegan lifestyle. You may not get enough protein, because some raw vegan protein foods are some of the same ones that contain good carbs - sprouted grains like quinoa and buckwheat are rich in essential amino acids and other things you need. Hemp seeds and sunflower seeds are pretty low carb, and very rich in protein, so munch away on those! Yay seeds! But even beans have some carbs, alongside the healthy proteins. Almost all salads that don't contain (sprouted or cooked) grains or beans will be low in carbs; making it high fat is just a matter of what you put on it. To keep a lid on carbs, don't add too much fruit or sweet veggies like carrots. But don't exclude those carbs altogether! You need them! And especially, you need the micronutrients that are also in those foods! For a higher fat, lower carb salad, use flax seeds or flax seed oil in your dressing, or top with avocado and lemon juice. Use lemon juice on almost everything - it is so good for you. It is not just rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, but it also helps support your body's natural detoxifying processes. And all that vitamin C helps you absorb iron, and other minerals too. Coconut is a rich source of super healthy fats. We used to think that all saturated fat was bad, but lots of newer research shows that natural coconut oil actually helps us lose body fat and lower cholesterol. So eat plenty of fresh coconut too, for another good source of healthy fats. Good luck, and just make sure you eat things that are delicious!

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