If you’re like most people, you love to pour rich, creamy dressing all over the vegetables in your salad. And while you may think you’re eating healthier because you’re eating your veggies, the salad dressing may be weighing you down more than you realize.
Salad dressings, while tasty, are often full of fat and calories that you don’t need when you’re trying to slim down and get healthy. But there are alternatives that are healthier for your body yet still delicious.
One option is to mix olive oil or flaxseed oil with red wine or balsamic vinegar. You need one part oil to one part vinegar. You may also want to salt and pepper it before shaking to mix the two ingredients together.
While olive oil and flaxseed oil have fat and calories, they are a healthy source of fat that your body needs. In fact, flaxseed oil is used by so many organs of your body that it’s almost impossible for it to be converted into fat cells.
Another way to dress up your salad without adding extra fat is to squeeze a little lemon juice on your salad. It gives it a tart sweetness that many dieters enjoy.
You can also choose bottled dressings that are vinaigrette style and have fewer calories and fat grams. However, steer clear of low-fat and non-fat dressings. While they may be lower in fat, they often have just as many (if not more) calories. Why? Because to replace the flavor from fat, dressing manufacturers often load the bottle with sugar!
Finally, if you simply can’t go without your favorite salad dressing, you can try a method of eating it that won’t add as many fat grams to your day. Instead of pouring dressing all over your salad, put the dressing on the side.
Dip the tines of your fork in the dressing before putting the veggies on it. You’ll get a little dressing with each bite, but you won’t use nearly the same amount as if you pour it all over the salad. In fact, you’ll be surprised at the great flavor and the small amount of dressing you actually need to feel satisfied.
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