The Ultimate Salad

The right ingredients can turn a little tossed salad into a 90 mph fastball of fitness. Here’s how to maximize the muscle in your next meal.

If a colorful diet is a healthy one, it’s easy to see why the rainbow below is a potential lifesaver. Sure, Centrum is fine in a pinch, but the best way to get your essential vitamins and antioxidants is straight from the source. A recent study conducted by the Louisiana State University School of Public health found that men who eat a salad a day are more likely to get their recommended daily intake of many essential nutrients. What’s more, the study authors note that men who eat more than 60 grams of vegetables a day increase their life span by two years. This nutrient-filled smorgasbord is not only great for you, but it will also leave you feeling as if you’ve eaten a real meal. Learn more about this healthy choice by referencing the chart below and by selecting the ingredients below.

1. Spinach

2. Broccoli

3. Red Kidney Beans

4. Yellow Bell Peppers

5. Swiss Cheese

6. Carrots

7. EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar

8. Sunflower Seeds and Flaxseeds

9. Almonds

10. Tomatoes

11. Chunk Light Tuna

12. Red-Leaf Lettuce