Let’s face it, most of us eat salads for one of two reasons; we know it is a great way to get veggies in or two, they’re delicious. But the question remains.. Is your salad dressing hurting your healthy diet?
Have you ever picked up a salad dressing and looked at the nutrition label, only at the macros and thought to yourself “Looks good enough”, tossed it in your cart and continued on. Well, I certainly have. If I told you not all calories are created equal, would you believe me? How we digest food is all very different. For example we digest olive oil different from calcium stearate (not sure what that is but it’s in ranch dressing).
So, next time you go to pick out your favorite salad dressing at the grocery store I challenge you to look at the ingredients list. If there are words that you can’t pronounce, chances are your body doesn’t know what they are or can’t digest them either. Most dressings are often rich in low-quality fats, calories, high sodium and added sugar. You’re eating something you think is healthy when in reality it’s making you look and feel like crap!
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been label reading for a while now and got you covered. My top salad dressing brand recommendations are:
You can even make your own! Check out the recipes below, each only have three ingredients.
1. Raspberries, lemon juice, and olive oil:
In a bowl mash 6 oz. of raspberries with a fork and pour into a glass jar. Next add in 3-4 tbsp of lemon juice and ⅓ cup of olive oil. Shake vigorously (think shake weight style here).
2. Spicy brown mustard or dijon, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil:
In a jar pour in 3 tbsp of mustard, 2.5 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and ¼ cup of olive oil and shake well.
3. Avocado, cilantro and water:
In a bowl mash ½ an avocado and pour into a jar. Add in ⅓ cup of cilantro and ½ cup of water. Shake. If you really want to get fancy here add lemon juice and garlic!
Take the time to check the ingredients list!
Make today great,