No more sad desk salads.
Sure, if you're on the keto diet you're probably eating more butter, cheese, and meat than the typical dieter, but you absolutely can't forget about veggies (you know, those green things that provide your body with fiber and can help keep you regular-especially on the keto diet).
But I hear you: Veggies can get boring-especially when they're in salad form. That's why it's important to keep some tasty, keto-friendly salad dressings on hand at all times to give your leafy greens a kick. "Salad dressings are a generally keto-friendly way to add fat and flavor to a low-carb base," says Ali Miller, RD, owner of Naturally Nourished Virtual Clinic.
But something to keep in mind: Not all dressings are created equal-you want to examine the label before picking out a new keto-friendly salad dressing. "For the fat source, look for extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, and walnut oil, she says. "MCT oil can also boost ketone production and help support transition into ketosis."
As for the other ingredients, you want to try to keep them as close to nature as possible-that means lots of herbs, spices, and natural acids (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar), while making sure the dressing takes it easy on artificial colors, flavors, and ingredients like maltodextrin, a stabilizer that can irritate your stomach, says Miller. Keep an eye out for added sugars as well, she says, since those show up in lots of "light" dressings and make up for lack of flavor.
Whew-that's a lot to remember. To get you started, here are eight keto-friendly salad dressings that will make you actually look forward to your meal prepped keto lunch.