Salad. You know it works. If you want to get healthy then fresh greens and vegetables will absolutely get you there. But, if you make poor salad dressing choices, you could be mitigating all those benefits.
We all know that healthy fats are critical for any diet and actually help us absorb more nutrients, but how healthy is a fat? Dr. Fuhrman answers that question in “Eat to Live” and advises to skip the oil altogether! No oil is “healthy.” This literally crushed my soul when I read it because I had become so convinced that olive oil was good for me. Any oil (yup, I’m talking to you coconut oil lover) is empty calories. It is much better to consume whole foods with high fat content like avocados, nuts and seeds. Why? Because the fibers found in these truly healthy fats cause our bodies to actually expend calories to digest them, whereas it takes our bodies less than three calories to efficiently convert oil into fat cells. Not to mention, whole food fats have much higher phtyochemical contents than the negligible amounts found in processed oils.
Nothing will help you stay on the Eat to Live plan more than an awesome nut-based salad dressing! When I first went on Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian plan, I made everything much harder on myself because I was not brave enough to try some of these dressings. I survived on different vinegars, and lost over 21 pounds in the process, but I think I would have been able to stay on the plan longer if I dedicated more time to finding some easy-to-make salad dressings that I loved!
Enter my Vitamix, a Christmas gift from hubby, that has finally given me the confidence to meet my full nutritarian potential! I’ve already made a delicious vegan cheese sauce out of almonds, an Alfredo sauce out of cauliflower, and now this cashew cream! This sauce is perfect for dipping fresh veggies or topping salads or drizzling over tacos! It has a light, clean but creamy taste and made of mostly raw ingredients! I usually make a batch at the beginning of the week and store in small mason jars in the fridge. I hope you fall in love with it as much as I have!
CILANTRO CASHEW CREAM SAUCE
- 1 cup raw cashews (soak in water for at least 1 hour or overnight if you can)
- 3/4 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice (I use lemon because we have a tree!)
- 1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1 clove garlic
- optional: salt & pepper to taste (don’t add salt if on the Eat to Live plan)
Directions: Make sure to drain and rinse your pre-soaked cashews before use. Add all ingredients into Vitamix (or comparable blender or food processor) and blend on high for about 30 seconds or until a smooth creamy consistency is reached. I have the 6300, and I used the smoothie setting, the tamper stick is not really needed. Stores well for up to 10 days in the fridge.