Salad sales are still a relatively small part of overall sales at restaurants, even as consumers seek out healthier foods, and quickservice burger chains sell the fewest salads as a percentage of overall sales, according to NPD Group. Only 1.3% of burger chain orders include a side salad, compared to 5.5% for all restaurants.
Cucumbers are a great addition to creative ethnic dishes, from salads to sauces. Chop cucumbers with radishes and toss with yogurt and spices for a refreshing summer salad or pair with melon and season with chili for a bold Mexican dish.
Popular diet advice includes eating healthy foods in a variety of colors, but registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix writes that research shows white vegetables, such as potatoes, turnips and cauliflower, also have nutritional value. She notes that potatoes are high in potassium and fiber and can be paired with low-fat toppings and other veggies for lunch or a dinner side dish.
A doctors group has sent a petition to the U.S. government asking that milk be removed from the National School Lunch Program as a required food group. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine wrote that milk is high in sugar, fat and animal protein and doesn't deliver enough calcium to have benefits for bone health. However, other nutrition and medical experts support the inclusion of milk as part of a healthy diet for children.