“To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist – the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one’s vinegar.” – Oscar Wilde
Oh the salad. We all have a love/hate relationship with it.
Whether you reluctantly consume salad to lose weight or you cheerfully devour it to gain your daily nutrients, it is important to note that the dressing has far more of an impact on your health than you may think.
And yes, even if it’s “fat free”.
The only thing a “fat-free” label can truly guarantee you, is that it will taste far worse than the real deal and it will be just as nutritionally bankrupt.
That is why one household staple you will never find in my kitchen is store bought salad dressing.
And I know the thought of completely eradicating salad dressing from one’s fridge may be an inconceivable concept to many, but think about it…
What is the point of eating leaves drenched with mediocre sauce when, for the same amount of calories, you could have chicken and potatoes instead? Or Pizza?
The point is, if you’re consuming salad to lose weight, or simply to gain the nutrition from it, why ruin it with a cheap liquid?
If you haven’t already reached for your salad dressing to check out the content, I encourage you to take a look; now is the time.
The following label below comes straight from Wishbone’s “Fat Free” Italian Salad Dressing… a prime example of just how misleading a “fat-free” salad dressing can truly be.
“Water, Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Garlic, Maltodextrin (Corn), Soybean Oil, Onion, Xanthan Gum, Red Bell Peppers, Sorbic Acid and Sodium Benzoate and Calcium Disodium EDTA, Spices, Dl Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, REB A, Caramel Color, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Modified Corn Starch”
The take-away? Nineteen ingredients!… ranging from unrecognizable to downright unnecessary.
The beauty of consuming a salad is not just to add fuel to your bodily tank, but to gain that microscopic nutrition that will ultimately benefit your health down the line.
Toss out your salad dressing and slim down with these simple organic ingredients:
Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Himalayan Sea Salt
Lemon aids in Digestion
Get the most nutritional bang for your buck with freshly squeezed lemon juice!
The rich properties in lemon allow your body to maintain steady insulin levels while digesting food. This slower process creates an increase in nutrient absorption, allowing you to truly get the most out of your salad. This is something “caramel coloring” cannot do for you.
Lemon is naturally detoxifying
Lemon is scientifically proven to be a natural detoxifier (diuretic). This natural “spring cleaning” of your liver, gets rid of unnecessary baggage, allowing for clear skin and blood. Yes, this means helping to shed those unnecessary pounds too.
Lemon is rich in Antioxidants
Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C, which is immune boosting. You can forget about a catching a cold for good (like I have) when you regularly incorporate fresh lemon into your diet.
Studies have proven that the Vitamin C content in lemon is so powerful that it stimulates collagen production leading to clearer, brighter skin.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive Oil is rich in Antioxidants
There’s a reason why Olive Oil is highly regarded as a Superfood. It is rich in phychemicals with potent anti-inflammatory effects. Used for thousands of years, the consumption of olive oil has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. These benefits are completely absent from the soybean oil most salad dressings give you.
Olive Oil prevents blood clotting
Olive oil is rich in polyphenols. This prevents plaque buildup and blood clotting associated with stroke and heart attack. A study published in Neurology in 2011 showed just how impactful regular consumption of pure Olive Oil is. This study concluded that those who regularly consumed olive oil had a 41% reduction in the risk of stroke.
Lower your risk of Cancer with Olive Oil*
Studies have shown that the Oleic Acid content found in Olive Oil is so potent, that it has the ability to turn off certain cancer promoting genes. This can inhibit the growth of breast, colon, skin and prostate cancer cells.
*It is important to note, that not Olive Oil is the same. Choosing a high quality Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil that has been cold pressed, is sure to give you superior nutritional benefits.
Finally, Himalayan Sea Salt
This pink salt will not only take the taste of your salad to the next level, but it is also loaded in trace minerals that regular table salt simply doesn’t have.
Himalayan Salt improves hormonal balance and cellular health, regulates and stabilizes blood pressure, balances pH levels, promotes bone health and serves as a natural digestive aid. Check out one of my favorite brands, HimalaSalt.
For more information regarding the benefits of the ingredients listed in this homemade salad dressing, feel free to review the links below: