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2017 is literally around the corner. Like, in TWO DAYS! Where did 2016 go? I feel like I blinked and the whole year disappeared. And what a year it was. Full of all sorts of interesting journeys and personal growth.
Since the new year is almost here, a lot of people are thinking about how they want to be healthier in 2017 and one of the best ways to do that is to eat more real food. But getting started with real food can be a little overwhelming, especially if you are new to it and used to a Standard American Diet (SAD).
When people ask me what my favorite ways (and easiest) to eat healthier are, there are always two that top the list:
- Choosing healthy fats and oils. Watch my video on YouTube about this.
- Making your own salad dressings at home (which goes hand in hand with #1).
A lot of people don't realize just how easy it is to make your own dressings at home. It is so super simple, allows you to control the ingredients, and tastes 1 million times better than storebought.
Once you start making your own dressings at home, you won't go back to commercial dressings. Trust me. They are that delicious! 🙂
Today I want to show you how easy it is to make your own dressings at home. Full recipes below the video tutorial. Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and give me a thumbs up if this video resonated with you! Your support helps me reach more people on YouTube so I can help them live healthier lives!
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Easy Ranch Dressing
Makes 3 batches
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried onion flakes
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dried chives
- Whisk all ingredients together until blended. If you want a more finely-ground seasoning mix, you can pulse the mixture in a food processor until it reaches your desired consistency. Store in an airtight container.
- When you are ready to make your dressing, combine 1 Tbsp. seasoning mix with 1/3 cup mayo and 1/3 cup milk, and whisk to combine. You can also substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo.
Classic Italian Dressing
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- In a large bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and seasonings until well combined.
- Alternatively, you can use a blender, immersion blender, or just place a tight lid on the jar and shake vigorously.