A salad with store bought dressing is often thought of as a healthier alternative to other foods. However, this very combination may be what is stopping you from burning fat and obtaining your ideal body. Here’s why.
1. Most pre-made salad dressings contain significant amounts of high fructose corn syrup. HFCS is basically a man made sugar that is difficult for the body to process and spikes insulin levels. Insulin is a fat storage hormone so we definitely don’t want that! Also, we all know that large amounts of sugar can lead to more obesity and disease. Definitely a no go for those looking to optimize their weight loss potential.
2. Most dressings contain large amounts of soybean oil and/or canola oil. Contrary to popular knowledge these are definitely not healthy. The oils contain polyunsaturated fats that are oxidized. This can cause swelling and inflammation within your body. Also, soybean oil contains extremely large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids which can throw your omega-3 to omega-6 balance off. Although omega-6 is good for us most of us get too much omega-6 through other sources!
So yeah.. I’m not about to eat my salad plain. Kudos to you if you can do that but I’m definitely not one of those people! So how can you avoid store bought dressings but still add a kick to your salad? Mix Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This combination is not only healthy but delicious! Here’s a recipe to show you how to make it!
Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing
(Makes 1 1/4 cup)
- 1 sprig fresh oregano
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
In a medium glass mixing bowl combine the oregano, thyme, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix together and pour mixture into a bottle, using a funnel to keep yourself from losing oil. Cover tightly and store at room temperature.
I promise that you’ll love this homemade super-healthy salad dressing! You may not ever want to go back to store bought dressings again!
Do your body a favor by avoiding harmful substances that are found in pre-made salad dressings. You will not only feel better but allow your body to naturally burn fat so that you can hit your fitness goals! If you would like to learn more about “perceived healthy” foods (that realistically aren’t) and learn which foods are optimal for fat burning click here!