Best Time to Eat Salad Video

Have you ever wondered when is the best time to eat salad?

Should it be before a meal, with a meal or after a meal?

I did some research and found some really cool salad eating facts. I’m excited to share them in this video.

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Is Best Time to Eat Salad Before a Meal?

A 2012 study found that eating a salad before a meal boosts vegetable intake by 23%! This is because when you first sit down to a meal you are hungry, so you are likely to eat whatever is put in front of you.

Eating a salad before your meal will fill you up and reduce the amount of high-calorie food you eat during the main course and your overall caloric intake during that meal. This is perfect for those looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

From a digestive standpoint, it is actually much better to eat the foods that digest more quickly before the foods that take a little longer to digest. This way food will easily flow through your digestive system and prevent digestive issues like bloating or gas. Vegetables digest quickly so they should be first.

Is Best Time to Eat Salad During a Meal?

Most of us are busy during the week so it is much easier to serve everything all at once instead of serving a two-course meal. Serving salad as a side dish will still remind you to eat your veggies so it is a good option.

Is Best Time to Eat Salad After a Meal?

Eating a salad after a meal is something you see in European cultures. French and Italian cultures believe that salad after a meal improves digestion and doesn’t interfere with the taste of the wine. I’m not sure what the science is behind the digestion belief. As for wine tasting, it is said that a vinaigrette salad dressing makes the white wine sweeter and red wine stronger.

The Best Time to Eat Salad

To make sure you eat your veggies, lose weight, and keep digestion in check, the best time to eat salad is before the main course or as a meal in itself.

When is the best time to eat salad video with holistic nutritionist @jesselwellness #salad #nutritionist

If you are looking for salad recipes that are inspired, creative and anything but boring you will love my cookbook Healthy Fresh Salads. It contains over 30 exciting and fresh salad recipes.

It also contains information on why it is important to eat the rainbow, nope not Skittles but a variety of colourful vegetables. It explains how to properly clean your veggies and talks about Genetically Modified Organisms and why we should avoid them.

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  1. Rebekah on April 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    it is a really good website but you need to put a little bit more information.

  2. Nisha Garg on April 9, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Hi Jesse, I am on weight loss mission and have heard that we should eat only 1 bowl of salad every day. Is it true? Also, people say that we should not eat salad after 6:00 pm (don’t know the belief behind it), but is it? I am eating 1 cucumber daily before an hour of my dinner, is it okay? I mix lemon juice and black salt. Should I or should it be eaten plain?

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on April 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Nisha, you can eat as much salad as you like as long as you are using a healthy homemade dressing! The veggies aren’t the problem, it is the store bought dressings that are high in unhealthy fats and salts that are an issue. It is safe to eat salad any time of the day. Eating a cucumber before your meal is great, you may want to mix it up with different veggies for some variety in the nutrients you get. Lemon water in the morning is great!

  3. suraj on May 7, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    i felt some indigestion or something wrong in the digestion as i m eating salads during a main meal,so is it bad to take salads during a main meal?

  4. Nikki on May 9, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Hi I wanna desperately lose my weight big tummy is my problem I am prue vegetarian what i can have the best in 3 meal to lose weight

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on May 14, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Hi Nikki, I recommend filling up on veggies and making sure you are eating high-quality protein and healthy fats.

  5. Mohammed Rizwan on June 5, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Hi Jesse! How are you? I’m having salad like a bowl of cucumber, carrot, corns and broccoli everyday in dinner from almost one month. I just eat salad nothing else then that. But someone told me that eating salad in dinner is not the best thing to do. Is he right or I can have it at anytime?

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on June 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

      That sounds delicious! I would recommend mixing up the veggies you use every week to get more variety in phytonutrients. You also want to make sure that you add healthy fats and a protein source to your salad. If you make sure there is protein then it is a great dinner! I have lots of yummy recipes in my cookbook Healthy Fresh Salads.

  6. Pooja on September 19, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Hi, I want to know if salad should be eaten in all 3 times of meal. And what If I don’t eat carbs..?
    I am diabetic and I want to know if skipping carbs will be fine ?

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on September 19, 2018 at 11:05 am

      You can totally eat salad with every meal! Realistically one big salad a day is great. Getting carbohydrates from fruits and veggies should be fine, just make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels before and while making any major dietary changes.

  7. Ishita on September 20, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Hi,is it fine if i eat tomato and apple in the evening…also can you please tell me some fruits and salads which help fight acne?

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on September 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Yep, apple and tomato are totally fine in the evening. My acne fighting salad dressing in awesome on any salad combo.

      • Ramya shetty on July 21, 2019 at 6:23 pm

        What should be the time gap between a fruit bowl and vegetable salad?

        Is it good to combine fruits n veggies together?

  8. Josephine Nketsia-Tabiri on September 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Jesse kindly list good quality proteins. I am asthmatic and has been advised to eat raw fruits and vegetables because they help with light breathing.

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on October 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Hi Josephine, here is a list of my favourite protein sources:
      • Poultry (turkey, chicken)
      • Grass fed beef
      • Fish (cod, tuna, shrimp, scallops)
      • Organic soybean/tofu
      • Legumes (lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans,…)
      • Yogurt
      • Eggs
      • Spinach
      • Quinoa
      • Sea Vegetables
      • Nuts and seeds

  9. Ramya Shetty on March 1, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Hi.. can we eat salads along with breakfast and dinner? Or der has to be a gap between them if yes what has to be time gap between salad and breakfast/dinner.

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on March 7, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      You can eat salad with any meal at any time! Ideally, it should be eaten at the start of the meal, no need for a gap.

  10. Abhishek on May 28, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Jesse, I am a Yoga practitioners, I was told by an Ayurvedic doctor that eating Salad at night increases ‘vata'(an Ayurvedic term roughly means air(gas)) .
    So can you elaborate on this.

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on May 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Abhishek, I’m not an Ayurvedic practitioner so I can’t say for certain what is behind that belief. Some people have difficulty digesting raw vegetables which could cause gas for someone who falls under that category.

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