Salad Bar Smarts

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:21am

Are you getting the most bang-for-the-buck at the salad bar?

Walking through the salad bar at your favorite restaurant or supermarket offers lots of healthy choices, but what you put on your plate could impact the health of your wallet.

Are you shopping smart at the salad bar?

Not everything offered on the salad bar is worth the same amount of money.

Unlike the aisles of the supermarket, the items in the salad bar don't have an individual per ounce cost.

You have to kind of figure that out yourself.

If the salad bar is $7.99 a pound, that breaks down to 50 cents and ounce.

Those numbers can help you determine if the individual items are worth piling on your salad or not.

Piling your plate high with cucumbers, beets, and garbanzo beans is not the most cost effective.

The same thing applies with selecting radishes, mushrooms, and corn.

Add broccoli, black olives, grape tomatoes, and carrots and you'll do better.

Protein is where you get the most bang for your buck.

Grilled chicken, ham, and bacon bits, cheeses, walnuts, dried cranberries and peas are all a great bargain.

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