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Scoop: You don’t have to hit the scale to know that beets are seriously heavy business. Subbing in another root vegetable--shredded carrots, perhaps--will shave a couple bucks off your food bill.
Skip: Gloppy, fat-laden dressing
Scoop: Costing just pennies, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar will be much friendlier to your wallet--not to mention your thighs.
Skip: Peas (Who really likes them anyway?)
Scoop: Edamame has more than twice the protein of its boring counterpart, so you can easily eat half as many (and save yourself some cents).
Scoop: Go nuts for nuts. Walnuts are particularly lightweight, so they won’t cost you much at the salad bar--whereas if you purchased them off the shelf, you’d pay around $10 per pound.
Scoop: Be honest with yourself: Once you’re adding cheddar, you’re probably piling on cheddar. Instead, try a few shavings of Parmesan, which is chockfull of umami flavor, so you need less of it.
Scoop: Swap in their virtually weightless dried version, raisins.
Skip: Hard-boiled eggs
Scoop: Eggs are cheap at the store, but at the salad bar they’re an instant money-suck. Instead, load up on chicken, which is cheaper at the salad bar than it is in the meat department.
Skip: Bland blocks of tofu
Scoop: We know croutons aren’t exactly diet-friendly, but in moderation they’re super flavorful and substantially lower in price.
For some, 2014 is the year of the horse. For you, it’s the year of the salad.
But if you’ve noticed that filling a large takeout container with rabbit food is getting kinda costly ($14 for a plate of broccoli?), we totally hear you. By-the-pound salad bars can get super pricey, super quickly.
That’s why we rounded up the healthiest, lightest options that’ll keep your stomach full and your lunch at an appropriate price point.
See our picks for “skips” and “scoops” at the salad bar here. Then get back to feeling virtuous.
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