Eating salad does burn fat when you combine your salad with healthy grains for a full and complete meal. When you combine a portion of healthy vegetables with your meals–be it pasta or a sandwich– you will be surprised to see what an incredible difference this can make on your lean body transformation.
Raw veggies are the best way to start including more greens in your diet because they’re fast to prepare and can complement many meals. Ideally, you want to be able to make salads that take little time to prepare at home and that you can throw onto the table alongside your entree.
WHAT’S THE BEST SALAD TO BURN FAT?
If you want the best salad to burn fat, you need to think fast preparation and healthy ingredients. The key is to incorporate salad recipes that can be easily included in your daily meal plans with minimal time investment. You don’t need to be a Michelin star chef when it comes to your salad preparation. You can make delicious and healthy salad dishes quickly and effortlessly and add them to your diet.
You can find two of our favorite salad recipes that are great for burning fat and losing weight quickly on our lean recipes page: our White Button Mushroom Salad and Red Cabbage Salad. Try to incorporate these two great fat burning salads right away into your diet, and you will begin to see some quick results taking form.
WHAT ARE SOME HEALTHY FAT-BURNING SALAD RECIPES?
If you’re motivated to lose belly fat, tone up, and build lean muscle, you need to think simple when it comes to your food preparation. It’s more important to regularly include healthy veggies in your diet than adhering to complicated recipes you might find out there involving much preparation time and countless ingredients. The Mission Lean app gives you recipes and a meal plan that is feasible to follow and intended for somebody with a busy schedule. The trick is creating simple yet delicious combinations of vegetables that are delicious but also quick to make.
Start preparing 3 ingredient, simple salads that you can eat alongside your meals at home. You might be thinking: 3 ingredients? That’s all? The answer is Yes! There are many great salad combinations with only 3 ingredients that will satiate your palate and enable you to get healthy superfoods into your body like never before.
To get started with these types of salads, you need to think outside the box. You can have a salad that isn’t the typical lettuce and shredded carrots. Again, think quick preparation time so you can include salads regularly into your lean body plan.
Here are some terrific combinations to start with right away:
- Cucumber, tomato, and red onion.
- Red pepper, scallions, and mushrooms
- Avocado, white onion, and tomato
- Carrots, red cabbage, and cucumber
- Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, and red pepper
- Green pepper, scallion, and tomato
If you want to add some great flavor to these 3 ingredient salads, throw on some capers, black olives, oregano, black pepper, and sea salt for extra flavor. Create a healthy salad dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Eat your delicious 3 ingredient salad alongside a piece of lean protein and some grains or pasta, and voila! You have your lean body, healthy meal.
HOW DO I SHOP FOR THE INGREDIENTS IN MY SALAD RECIPE?
When you think in batches of 3, things get very simple, very quickly. When you’re in the produce aisle of the grocery store, just keep in mind some of the many great 3 ingredient salad combinations we’ve given you in this article. With 3 ingredients at the top of your mind, you can grab and go.
Also, since there are so many combinations listed above, if you get tired of one salad recipe, you can simply change up the ingredients to another. Having this ability to change up your diet constantly not only gives you great variety but will also keep things interesting.
You will continue to have the motivation and interest to continue experimenting with healthy ingredients. You will begin to experience new healthy vegetables as a regular part of your diet.
Make Your Salad Part of a Well-Rounded Nutrition Plan
When you begin to think about your diet at large, you can’t sustain yourself on salad alone. This is where a lean diet plan comes in. You need to have a well-rounded approach to eating where you get in all of your macronutrients. This includes healthy carbs, healthy fats, and lean protein.
We offer you many healthy recipes in our free resources section, so if you haven’t already, check out some healthy dishes you can prepare alongside your fat burning salads like our Lean Ground Beef Bowl and Lean Turkey Meatballs.
Both of these recipes have a significant portion of carbohydrates alongside lean protein. The Lean Ground Beef Bowl has brown rice, and the Lean Turkey Meatballs has a sizable portion of pasta. If you combine a salad on the side with these recipes, you are getting all of the macronutrients on your table, which will fuel you in your lean body workouts.
As we touch on in many other articles, carbs are central to powering your body through lean fitness training, so don’t fall for the Keto Diet and other diets that advise you to severely limit carbs. Doing so will harm your performance in both your workouts and in your life at large.
Combine Your Fat Burning Salad with a Lean Fitness Plan
When you begin to incorporate healthy vegetables into your diet, and you see the changes in your body that result from it, you will likely have the motivation to push forward on the workout side of things too. That’s where Mission Lean comes in as a great tool to assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals.
We offer hundreds of different workouts that are fun and easy to follow on our app, so if you haven’t already, download the Mission Lean app and try out some of our workouts. If you already have a fitness plan that you have followed and it has worked for you, stick to it and make sure you are getting in regular workouts. When you combine a serious and consistent workout plan alongside the many different salad recipes we provide to you here, the results are powerful.
The key to benefitting from a maximal fat burn in your workouts is to make sure you are raising your heart rate and keeping it elevated. Many workout plans outside of Mission Lean prescribe weight-based routines that don’t provide you with enough aerobic output.
As we touch on in other articles on this site, the key to any workout program is to initiate the EPOC (Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption) Response in your body, which enables you to burn calories after your workout has ended. This comes about from creating an oxygen deficit in your body. Your body burns 5 calories to intake 1 liter of oxygen, and so if you force your body to uptake additional oxygen after the workout has ended, you are prolonging the calorie burn of your workout.
This is the major difference between lean fitness and other fitness plans, and what we concentrate on with the Mission Lean program. The Mission Lean workouts enable you to build strength and tone your body, but they also push your aerobic stress limits, so you benefit from the maximum physiological effect on your body.
Refuel with Balanced Nutrition
Recovery is important to any fitness plan, so after you get in a great training session, make sure to refuel with healthy and wholesome ingredients. Whip up your 3 ingredient salad and combine that with some of the other lean recipes we offer on our site.
Don’t be afraid to eat a solid portion of food once you’ve finished a lean fitness training session. You need to provide your body with everything it needs to recover and get ready for your workout the next day.
Getting lean and fit is a combination on multiple fronts, so don’t neglect fitness or nutrition. Find the optimal formula for both. Get a lean body app in your corner to provide a roadmap for your health and fitness journey. With the motivation inside of you–proven by the fact that you’re here on MissionLean.com and reading this article–you can achieve some incredible results!
Let’s do this! Mission: Lean!
Jon Pearlman is a former standout tennis player at Harvard, ATP-ranked touring pro, and author of The Lean Body Manual. He founded Mission Lean to share his unique formula for lean body fitness and nutrition, an approach that took over a decade to develop and perfect. He is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist.