Supercharge your salad with just 3 ingredients
I’ve been doing a lot more food prep lately, and really enjoying it, so I want to share some with you guys.
When I was in college, somehow or another I managed to get into fulltime bodybuilder mode and just shut off my taste buds.
I literally lived on grilled chicken, cottage cheese, tuna (straight out of the can), nuts, veggies, and protein powder. Whether it was a lack of culinary skill or sheer kitchen laziness, I just didn’t want to be bothered with all this “taste” bullshit.
In more recent years, I’ve broadened my horizons amd come to appreciate kitchen time as something that’s both helpful for my physique and can be a lot of fun.
But I’m no less busy than I used to be, so quick things are fun.
Here’s an example of something I can use nearly every day. (Plus a cameo from Brock!)
So, lots of good stuff in there.
Here is the recipe again, for those of you that couldn’t follow along with Master Chef Roman:
As I said in the video, this is vastly superior to your regular oil and vinegar recipe. Each of these ingredients has a lot of healthful and helpful properties.
Pumpkin Seed Oil – Besides being packed with omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, this healthy oil is shown to: Prevent and reduce bladder and prostate problems; lower your cholesterol and blood pressure; give you smoother and healthier-looking skin; and increase your energy levels and provide excellent antioxidant protection. Plus, it’s super freaking tasty.
Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV is pretty amazing and has been written about in the health community a lot, so I’ll keep this brief. Having been shown to lower cholesterol and help with heart health, apple cider vinegar has also been lauded for it’s general digestive health properties.
Of greatest interest to me (and all of us fighting fat) is that ACV has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity. This is both cumulative and, according to some, acute. So while taking it consistently helps increase sensitivity over time, there is also some immediate benefit. Taking a dose/shot of ACV before any meal containing carbs has long been a practice in the bodybuilding community, as a method of more actively utilizing carbohydrates for energy.
Milled Flax Seeds – Milled Flax, like any flax seed, is a great source of omega-3s and before fish oil came around and started being the greatest fat source ever, flax was on the tip of every health nut’s tongue for decades.
Flax has been shown to decrease inflammation, improve immune function, and of course help with the oxidation of fatty acids.
In this recipe, it’s there for texture and fiber. Gives the dressing nice mouth feel and helps it coat your salad a bit more evenly. Not to mention the fiber, which, while probably not of concern if you’re eating a salad, is always a good way to add to your weight loss efforts and overall digestive health.
Quick, easy, full of healthy stuff, and delicious. What more could you want?