Dress Or Not Dress?

Happy 2010!

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Feature Article: "Dress or Not Dress?"by Michael Haley, D.C. (includes recipe)
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By Popular Demand, Health Bread Class

DRESS OR NOT DRESS?by Michael Haley, D.C. salad

The more we learn, the more we change our minds about what we think is right. This especially holds true for nutrition. Diets come and diets go, hence the name "fad diets".

A perfect example of this is the low fat craze that swept our nation in the 90's. This was, of course, countered by low carb diets. The optimal diet, however, probably lies somewhere between the extremes.

Let's consider an example that combines healthy fats and carbohydrates. The calories from carrots and tomatoes primarily come from carbohydrates. Yet key phytonutrients from these are poorly absorbed in the absence of fat. So if you use fat free dressing on your salad, your going to absorb less nutrients than if you use a delicious fatty dressing.

You might be thinking: "Yah, I might be absorbing more nutrients, but I'm also absorbing more calories… doesn't that defeat the purpose? Absorbing more nutrients and including healthy fat in your meals both contribute to greater satisfaction which will help keep you from stuffing yourself with more empty calories.

So enjoy your salads by seasoning them well with a nice healthy fatty dressing. But don't waste your money on some pre-made sauce that’s loaded with preservatives, stabilizers, and artificial flavorings and colorings. Instead, mix up your own from quality ingredients and you'll start enjoying your salads more than ever.

My favorite recipe is just 5 ingredients: A squirt of organic Dijon mustard, Organic balsamic vinegar, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic flax seed oil, and seasoning. I prefer Herbamare original organic seasoning. From this simple dressing, you can easily change it up and vary the flavor. For example, use a plain red wine vinegar instead of balsamic. Add some chopped up fresh plant foods like basil, cilantro, garlic, onion, oregano, parsley, pepper, or thyme. Try walnut oil instead of flax oil. Even add some crumbled blue cheese to make a blue cheese dressing or cream to make a creamy dressing. If you prefer a sweet dressing, add a little stevia.

Salad dressings are easy to make - so don't delay. Next time your out grocery shopping, make sure you get your basic 5 ingredients. Then, clean out your refrigerator door of all those old rancid salad dressings with the extra stuff growing under the lid. You'll be glad you did and your body will thank you for it.

Basic Recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon organic Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons organic Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic flax oil
  • organic spices to flavor (try Herbamare original organic seasoning)

Important: First mix the Dijon mustard and vinegar. Next , while continuously stirring, slowly mix in a thin stream of the olive oil until it is emulsified. A battery powered spinner or mix stick like those available at Agape Chiropractic works great! Next, stir in the flax oil. Add herbs and spices to season to your liking. Mixing the ingredients this way will keep the dressing from separating. Keep un-used amounts in the refrigerator. The olive oil will thicken in the fridge. This is normal.

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By Popular Demand, Another Healthy Baking Class
Whole Wheat Bread
So many people have asked us when our next bread baking class is, how can we not do it?
We havn't set a date yet, but we'll be announcing it in the next week or two. Our new office only holds about 30 people in the class room, so don't hesitate in responding to the announcement. Keep an eye out for the email.

We pray Everyone has a Healthy and Happy 2010.

Yours for Better Health,

Dr. Michael Haley

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