One example that I want to highlight today is Salad Dressings. There are tons of dressings that are Non-Fat or Light, but they are high in sugar and loaded with preservatives and other chemicals. My personal preference is to buy salad dressings that may have a higher calorie and/or fat content, but are low in sugar (carbs). As long as you watch the portion amount, you aren't going to sabotage your healthy eating plan with a higher calorie, all-natural salad dressing.
Some of my favorite dressings are: Drew's Smoked Tomato Dressing and Bolthouse Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil Vinaigrette Chunky Blue Cheese. One of my favorite sandwiches is an Albacore Tuna sandwich on toasted 100% whole grain bread with tomatoes, avocado and lettuce. I'll mix the Smoked Tomato dressing in with the tuna instead of mayonnaise...it's super delicious and adds a ton of flavor to your sandwich!
Do you love the "Wedge Salad" that is really popular at restaurants loaded with bacon and blue cheese? Make your own Wedge Salad at home by using Turkey Bacon and the Bolthouse Farms EVOO Vinaigrette Chunky Blue Cheese....add some chopped tomatoes and fresh avocado...and you have a delicious salad!!
Here is a great video by Jillian Michaels about Food Labels:
Highlights from her video:
- Gluten Free - Just because it's gluten-free, doesn't mean that it's good for you. A lot of processed/packaged gluten-free items are typically higher in fat and calories
- Hydrogenated - If you see this on the food label (found in margarine, creamers, etc.) DON'T EAT IT!!
- Whole Grain - Must say 100% Whole Grain...if it doesn't then it's not nutritionally the best option for you!