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12:00 AM 29th June 2024

Ditch The Mayonnaise - This Salad Dressing Will Help You Burn Fat

Image by Michael Moriarty from Pixabay
Image by Michael Moriarty from Pixabay
With the summer season finally in full swing, salads are quickly replacing hot meals at dinner time. But did you know a 'healthy salad' could end up containing more naughties than you expect if you’re not careful.

We all know a salad isn’t worth the plate it’s sitting on without a generous dollop of sauce or dressing. But with ingredients like mayonnaise making up the vast majority of most shop-bought dressings, they could end up adding a significant number of calories and unwanted saturated fat onto your plate.

For example, a two-tablespoon (30ml) serving of ranch dressing contains 129 calories and a mighty 13 grams of fat.

But nutritionist Guna Bilande from Weight Loss Riga has revealed a tasty alternative that will actually help you burn fat.

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

This delicious and health-boosting concoction is packed with ingredients that not only enhance flavour but also support weight loss and overall health says Guna.

It’s an excellent addition to your summer meals. It's light, refreshing and incredibly good for you.

Apple cider vinegar is known to promote satiety and regulate blood sugar levels, which is crucial for weight management.

Lemon juice, rich in vitamin C, boosts metabolism and aids digestion, making it ideal for the summer when our bodies crave hydration and nutrients.

The use of Dijon mustard adds flavour without the calories, while raw honey or maple syrup offers a natural sweetness.

Raw honey and maple syrup are healthier alternatives to sugar, providing necessary energy without the crash.

Extra virgin olive oil, a staple in Mediterranean diets, is praised for its healthy fats that keep you feeling full and satisfied. It's important to include healthy fats in your diet, especially when trying to lose weight. They help you stay full longer and prevent overeating.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory benefits, and cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which can increase metabolism and promote fat burning.

Salad dressings are not the only things to avoid if you want to maintain a healthy diet.

Image by jlarbig from Pixabay
Image by jlarbig from Pixabay
Other sauces, such as tomato ketchup, are packed with sugar and salt, while processed meats from the deli counter may be high in sodium and also disguise higher levels of sugar.

Everyone knows fizzy drinks aren’t great, but it’s also worth checking your favourite coffee shop beverage.

Some of the ‘coolers’ and smoothies look perfect for sunny days, but the number of calories can be truly eye-watering.