Salata’s Fresh First

02/03/2016

Keep that healthy streak going in February! Salata has committed more than $1 million to further its “Fresh First” clean ingredient policy in 2016.  Salata’s Fresh First policy includes switching to using only antibiotic-free chicken (available in herb-marinated, Asian barbecue, pesto and spicy chipotle), Salata’s house-made dressings that contain mayonnaise are now made with mayonnaise using cage-free eggs and sustainable soybean oil, and cookies are now made using only real butter, premium ingredients and no artificial additives.

To celebrate, they’re encouraging their fans to take their five day clean eating lunch challenge and substitute your typical lunch with one of the Salata combos that were developed by Registered Dietitian, Leslie Proctor. You can order up the Protein Packed Salad with grilled chicken (16 g), hard boiled egg (6.29 g), kidney beans (1.48 g), field greens (0.39 g), and feta cheese (2.01)…that’s a total of 26 grams of protein! Protein is beneficial because it is the building block for bones, muscles, skin and blood. A diet rich in protein keeps your body feeling full for a longer period therefore you eat less and it takes more energy for your body to “breakdown” protein than the other macronutrients.

Looking for more Omega in 2016? Order the Essential Omegas Salad with salmon (Omega 3), sunflower seeds (Omega 6), walnuts (Omega 3), lemon Vinaigrette made with olive oil (Omega 6), and greens. Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids cannot be made in the body therefore they must come from food and they play a key role in supporting heart health (EPA) and cell membrane and brain development (DHA).

Are you still fighting off a cold? Seems like my whole family is. We are in need of the Antioxidant Salad which is made with strawberries, apples, pineapples, dried cranberries, walnuts, almonds, and field greens. Fresh fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants like Lycopene and Vitamin C and are your body’s first defense against disease causing free radicals.

Get a fiber boost with a salad titled just that! The Fiber Boost, has Romaine lettuce (1.8 g), jicama (1.4 g), black beans (1.96 g), garbanzo beans (1.25 g), artichoke hearts (2.5 g), and sundried tomato (1.64g). That’s 10.55 grams of fiber, which is 42% daily value! Fiber, like protein, has the ability to help you feel fuller longer because of the time it takes your body to digests it.

Losing speed in February? Order up the Energy Boosting Wrap with a whole wheat tortilla, kale, almond slivers, and your choice in protein (salmon, chicken, shrimp). You will be back on track soon enough because these super ingredients are rich in B vitamins and magnesium, which play a key role in the metabolism of food into energy. Kale is high is the amino acid l-tyrosine which can act as a mood/energy booster. Carbohydrates are the central source of energy in the diet, ensuring that those carbohydrates come from whole wheat can help stabilize blood sugar, which helps to prevent the energy crash you get from refined processed carbs.

No matter which item you order up, remember to keep it #freshfirst and join in the #cleaneatingchallenge!

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