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Recipes for the Best Fat Loss Salads

Do you need ideas for salads that have fat-burning potential? This section contains a repertoire of fat loss salad recipes starring ingredients that deliver good amounts of fat loss promoting nutrients such as vitamin C, chromium, protein, fiber, capsaicin, B vitamins, calcium and iodine. Enjoy!

But before you set free the chef in you and get down to the recipes below, make sure you have already taken a look at the section Best Fat Loss Diet Plan and the section Best Foods to Eat to Lose Body Fat which provide more general insights into diet and fat loss.

Romaine and Smoked Salmon Salad

Lettuce is a low calorie vegetable that can be used as a basis for light, refreshing salads. But it does not always have to be iceberg lettuce! This salad, for instance, uses romaine lettuce to create a delicious dish that is full of nutrients that shed off extra pounds. Romaine is jam-packed with beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. It is also one of the best dietary sources of chromium which can help maintain lean body mass and aid in weight loss. Also the raw carrots, radishes, and cucumber in this salad aid in weight loss as they are low in calories while being high in fiber and water. The salmon adds valuable protein which is needed to repair damaged muscles.

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Shrimp and Eggs on Romaine Lettuce

Eggs and shrimp are among the best natural sources of high quality protein which is crucial for weight management. But the protein in this salad is hardly its only fat loss promoting component: Eggs and shrimp are among the best natural sources of high quality protein which is crucial for weight management. But the protein in this salad is hardly its only fat loss promoting component: chili mayonnaise dressing is packed with capsaicin, a natural compound that is famous for its ability to increase the body's heat production (thermogenesis), thereby increasing the rate at which the body burns carbohydrates and fats.

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Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Low in calories and fat, this salad makes a great fat loss aid. In addition, this fat loss salad contains plenty of onions, one of the best dietary sources of chromium. Chromium has been shown to help increase or maintain lean body mass and aid in fat loss when combined with exercise. These effects of chromium on body composition are believed to result from the ability of this important trace mineral to enhance insulin's activity and to improve insulin sensitivity in the body. The fat loss promoting effects of this salad are further strengthened by balsamic vinegar, which not only adds an invigorating pungency to this salad but which also contains compounds that have been shown to enhance the feeling of satiety and thus reduce the amount of food consumed.

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Carrot Fennel Cucumber Salad

This summery salad works like magic to soothe your soul—and to burn excess fat. While being extremely low in calories, this salad is packed with fiber and vitamin C. It also contains some essential fatty acids.

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Beet and Carrot Salad with Ginger

This recipe pairs carrots with beets to create a nutritious salad that is supercharged with vitamins and fiber while being low in calories.

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Chicken and Apple Salad

This recipe pairs chicken with juicy grapes and crunchy apples to create a taste sensation that is sure to make everyone's mouth water. But the benefits of this salad are not limited to culinary sensations; it can also be a great fat loss aid. Chicken delivers plenty of high quality protein but is low in carbohydrates, while apples contain pectin, a type of dietary fiber that limits the amount of fat our cells absorb. Pectin is also known to make you feel fuller and for a longer time, so you will eat less during the day.

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Ginger and Cucumber Salad

Ginger root, a key ingredient in this salad, is an excellent weight loss aid and is in fact found in many weight loss supplements. Ginger root has appetite suppressing qualities, and it has been shown to rev up the metabolism. In one animal study, ginger increased metabolism 20 percent. In addition, some evidence suggests that ginger may also be effective at enhancing insulin sensitivity. Also cucumber is an excellent weight loss food as it contains zero fat and is low in calories.

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Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Skinless chicken breast packs a protein punch but has a very low fat and carbohydrate content, making it an excellent food if you are trying to lose excess body fat. Chicken is also a good source of B vitamins, such as vitamin B3 and vitamin B6, which are important for successful fat loss. Besides chicken, this salad contains many other ingredients that are great for those who are longing for a leaner figure. Romaine lettuce is one of the best sources of chromium, a mineral that has been shown to increase and maintain lean body mass and to aid in fat loss when combined with exercise. Red wine vinegar, on the other hand, may help slow the passage of food from the stomach into the small intestine, thereby making you feel full longer. Also pine nuts have been shown to incrase the feeling of fullness and suppress appetite.

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Super-Nutritious Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cranberries

This low-calorie, low-fat salad uses ingredients that are bursting with fat loss nutrients such as fiber, B complex vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, zinc, iodine, and chromium. It also contains a slew of antioxidant nutrients, including beta-carotene, quercetin, vitamin E, and selenium, which promote overall health.

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