A Salad Makeover

Eating a salad is a great way to take in important pregnancy nutrients while keeping fat and calories

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Eating a salad is a great way to take in important pregnancy nutrients while keeping fat and calories in check, but your "rabbit food" may not be as healthy as you think. These small changes can equal big health benefits for you and your growing baby:

OUT IN WHY IT'S BETTER Iceberg lettuce Dark greens Spinach, arugula and romaine offer beta carotene and vitamin C. Iceberg has little nutritional value. Croutons Seeds and nuts Unlike croutons (fried bread), seeds and nuts are packed with protein. Cheddar cheese Part-skim mozzarella This simple switch knocks off almost half the calories and fat per ounce. Canned fruit Fresh fruit Syrup adds sugar calories. Fresh fruit is a great source of vitamin C and fiber. Cucumber Jicama Jicama has the same crunch but more fiber. Creamy dressing Olive oil and balsamic vinegar Creamy dressings can ruin a healthy salad. Olive oil contains healthy fats; vinegar punches up taste.

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