Fat Talk: Tahini Salad Dressing

by Nicole on November 17, 2011

Thursday, Thursday! Where do you come from? These weeks are FLYING by faster than I could imagine, which only means one thing…Thanksgiving! Who else is psyched to eat turkey, mashed potatoes and string beans, amoung other things?!

Yesterday I had a Pure Bliss Eats event at Breathe N Flow Yoga, my all time favorite yoga studio in Freeport. I will be heading back there tonight, so if you live in the area, come on over! The classes are incredible and you’ll leave with a much clearer mind & body.

Like I talked about this week, I’ve been trying to balance life between 2 businesses, house, food, body & mind. I’m pretty good about scheduling in my workouts, but my food is all over the place when my schedule is packed. Last night I had a green smoothie for dinner…and some chocolate chip cookie dough balls. While it was a good dinner, I haven’t sat down to a meal for dinner since Sunday. Because of that I’ve been eating bigger lunches and I had to do something to make them extra tasty.

That is where tahini dressing comes in. Some people shy away from eating fat and find alternatives to healthy oils, nut butters, avocados and other nuts. I am all about the fat…maybe even a bit too much. I just love my gigantic scoop of almond butter in the morning.

But seriously, why do we need fat? We are overloaded with LOW fat and FAT FREE everything here in the US saying that it will help you keep weight off and keep you healthy. But today I dare you to go for the full fat version. I’m not saying go balls to the wall and eat entire jars of PB or 5 avocados at a sitting, but instead of buying reduced fat PB or reduced calorie salad dressing, go for the full fat PB and olive oil & vinegar. Your heart will thank you.

Why should I eat fat?

1.  First of all, it tastes better! Having a little bit of olive oil or a small amount of full fat cheese rocks. Your taste buds will be happy AND you will eat less because you will be more satisfied with the taste.

2. Good fats support your heart and overall health. I’m NOT talking trans fats and saturated fats, I’m talking monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, they help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.

3. A “fat-free” label doesn’t mean you can eat all you want . Many fat-free foods are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and calories.

4.  You will be more satisfied and stay fuller longer.

5. Healthy fats provide optimal hormone production and balance within the body and are essential for the muscle building and fat burning processes. (AKA..you WANT THIS!)

Try extra virgin olive oil, raw nuts, avocado, nut butters, olives, salmon and tuna for some healthy fats. Even more so, try this awesome salad dressing!

You really don’t need a lot of this. A little goes a long way. I’ve basically been putting this on anything and everything.

So make sure you’ve got some healthy fats at each meal. You’ll be happy with how satisfied you feel and how tasty your meals will be!

What’s your favorite healthy fat?


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emily (a nutritionist eats) November 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

I am definitely a fat girl – I can tell if I don’t get enough fat in meals and it is not good!!!
This dressing sounds good, even though I’m not a huge tahini fan…I may have to try again!
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