6 Week Challenge : Alternatives to Oil (FAT)

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Oils are used primarily for two reasons when it comes to our food, sauteing and salad dressings. Both of which add a large portion of fat and calories to our diet. There are many alternatives for both uses that are healthier and that even taste better.See Article on Olive Oil

Dressings

When you use salad dressings think of things like fruit and nuts as the base of the dressing.
here are some sample dressing recipes

Apple Pie Dressing
2 peeled apples
1cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
cinnamon to taste
Blend together.
I especially like this salad dressing with lettuce, tomatoes, avocados,
walnuts, and raisins. Obviously, if you are trying to lose weight, don’t add
much of the higher-calorie nuts and avocados.

Blueberry Dressing
1/2 pack frozen blueberries
2 dates
2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Blend together

For a complete recipe list and meal plan you can sign up for the 6 week challenge HERE

Sauteing

Keep in mind that when you are sauteing there are other things to consider other then adding more calories and fat.  Oils have what is called a smoke point.  The smoke point is the specific temperature at which the oil starts to break oil smoke pointsdown…or in more technical terms, its molecular structure begins to change. These molecular changes result in changes in flavor, as well as changes in nutritional value…specifically, the nutritional value of the oil starts to degrade.

Here are some alternatives to sauteing with OIL:

  • Water
  • vegetable broth
  • juice
  • Red wine

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