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Old 09-24-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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How many carbs do you count in a salad?

I've been pretty diligent about keeping careful track of my carb intake....except for the salads, I usually count them as 5g of carbs each. I'm either eating subway salads, or homemade salads.

At subway, I always get lettuce, cucumbers, olives, and grilled chicken, with olive oil and lemon as a dressing. (serving size = regular subway salad bowl/plate)

At home it's usually lettuce, celery, mushrooms, cucumbers, and 2-3 florets of cauliflower, plain. (serving size = est. about half a dinner plate [est. because I don't chop any of them up, but it's 2-3 slices/leaves/sticks of each])

I have no idea if I should count the subway salads as 1/2/3 cups, and the home salads are mixtures of small amounts of veggies, each with their own carb count. How do you count the carbs in your salads?
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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I count the carbs in each serving, and try and be as accurate as I can, at home and eating out, although I don't do that much, and it's usually salad lol. Those Subway salads are really big, deceiving to the eye. Just the lettuce alone I'd venture to say is 2-4 cups, plus the higher carb veggies, olives, etc added. Those salads could easily be 1/2 or more of your daily carbs on induction, not that it's a bad thing, just need to be careful.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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At subway, I always get lettuce, cucumbers, olives, and grilled chicken, with olive oil and lemon as a dressing. (serving size = regular subway salad bowl/plate)
Lettuce 0,7 per cup = 2 cups = 1.4
cucumbers (half) = 1.4
olives (5 black?) = 0.7
grilled chicken = 0
olive oil = 0
lemon (1 tbsp) = 1.3

TOTAL: 4,8

So your guess is about right, assuming my guesses are right, otherwise the count may be much higher.


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At home it's usually lettuce, celery, mushrooms, cucumbers, and 2-3 florets of cauliflower, plain. (serving size = est. about half a dinner plate [est. because I don't chop any of them up, but it's 2-3 slices/leaves/sticks of each])
Lettuce 0,7 per cup = 2 cups = 1.4
celery 0,8 per stalk = 1.6
mushrooms (1 cup) = 1
cucumbers (half) = 1.4
3 florets of cauliflower = 1.5

TOTAL: 6.9

So your guess is not so right, assuming my guesses are right.

Personally, I would count your salads otherwise how can you tell your daily intake? On the above salad, as an example you have already had almost 2 carbs more than you'd have assumed, two salad per day? Then it's 4 carbs more! It's easy to fall beyond, especially when we add things like lemon juice, which alone is 1.3 carbs of...nothing!

If it can help you, a cup of lettuce is about what you can hold in a semi-closed handful. Bend your fingers at 90°, then that's about a cup of lettuce. I find it easier to measure it this way than with a proper cup.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:34 AM   #4
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Paleo, thank you for the detailed answer! I think i'll try making more of my salads at home so that I can keep more careful track of the carbs. My problem was that most carb counts for veggies use a huge serving size (1 head of lettuce, a 12" cucumber etc) and i don't measure my veg, and i dont think i've ever seen a foot long cucumber XD i'll just use the carb values you just used and adjust per portion thank you!
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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I find an easy (and safe!) way to make things is to put a bowl/plate on my scale and add ingredients, record grams, zero the scale, then start over. Everything's easy to plug into a calculator and there's no judgement calls regarding how much a cup is. That is, while I'm making new recipes. Once I've gotten good at eyeballing it, I generally count on it being pretty close to whatever I calculated the first few times.
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