Simple Salad Dressings To Stay Lean

If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen a story I posted a few days ago documenting a full day of food, where I talked about some of my favourite principles of eating! I have been tracking macronutrients for the past few years (and have seen huge results in regards to my training!), but actually followed a Paleo lifestyle for the 2 years prior.

The Paleo diet focuses on whole foods such as meats, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. While it was a bit too restrictive to be sustainable for me personally, I love the idea of focusing on micronutrient dense foods, simply because your body loves them! It LOOOVES them!

Leafy greens such as spinach are packed with vitamin A, C, and Magnesium, and are amazing for volume! A lot of salad dressings on the grocery shelves or in restaurants are loaded with added sugar and fats though, which can add up quickly.

While some oils (such as olive, avocado, and coconut) can have incredible benefits in moderation, oil is calorie dense, with approximately 2000 calories per cup! Pouring an oil based dressing over your greens can transform a light, high-volume, nutrient packed dish into a pretty hefty meal.

Here are a few of my homemade favourite single-serve dressings that are big on flavour and light on calories- The can probably be made with the current contents of your fridge!

My Dad’s Chicken marinade that DOUBLES as a dressing:
• 1 tbsp Fresh or Dried Chopped Parsley
• Soy Sauce/Coconut Aminos
• 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

Mexican Fiesta (aka. Pico de Gallo):
• 1/2 Chopped Tomato
• 1 tbsp Chopped White Onion
• 1 tbsp Cilantro
• Salt & Pepper
• Juice of 1 Lime

Oil-Free Greek
• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp Fresh or Dried Oregano
• Fresh pressed or Powdered Garlic to Taste
• Salt & Pepper

Toss, serve, and enjoy fuelling your fitness with flavour!

Mikaila 🙂

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