Best Salad Dressing for Weight Loss
Did you know that just two tablespoons of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing has 14 grams of fat and 140 calories, or that two tablespoons of Girard’s Regular Caesar Dressing has 15 grams of fat and 150 calories, or the same amount of Wishbone Chunky Blue Cheese has 160 calories and 17 grams of fat? When you find out facts like this, it is no surprise that more and more people are wondering about the best salad dressing for weight loss, because for sure it is none of those.
The following recipe shows you how to make the best salad dressing for weight loss. Rather than having a mayonnaise or sour cream base, this one is made with a teaspoon each of extra-virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar, as well as a touch of honey (use an artificial sweetener if you prefer) and some seasonings. Try it over a bed of mixed baby leaves with chopped boiled eggs, diced apples, nuts, and mandarin segments.
Although this recipe features oil, it only requires a teaspoon which offers very few calories. If you prefer to go without oil altogether, then use a tablespoon of fat-free natural yogurt instead. This will give you a creamier result. The body does require some healthy fats (like extra-virgin olive oil) though, to function optimally. This applies even when you are dieting.
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon honey
- Pinch each of cinnamon, ginger, crushed mustard seed and black pepper
- Put all the ingredients in a measuring cup.
- Blend with a fork and drizzle over your salad.
- If you want it a bit spicier, try adding a little red pepper too.
Enjoying fresh salads is a good idea if you are watching your waistline but if you smother your salad with a high-calorie, high-fat, commercially prepared dressing you are going to undo all your hard work. Did you know some commercial salad dressings have more than 70 calories in a small spoonful? When you consider a lot of people smother their salads in dressings you can see how they are eating the equivalent to a hamburger in terms of calories! Do yourself (and your waistline) a favor by choosing this healthy dressing made with oil, vinegar, honey and your preferred seasoning, and you will find your salad perfectly satisfying and delicious.
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