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casey's healthy summer salad dressing

casey will be at the yoga festival this weekend, teaching yogi's how to make your own dressings the most healthy. here is the recipe he prepared.

1/2 cup braggs organic apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup hemp seed oil, olive or grapeseed or avocado oil can be used in it's place (can also substitute with white wine if trying to be oil free) 

1/2 cup hemp seeds to add extra creaminess

here comes the fun part! how will you sweeten your dressings? agave? brown sugar? maple syrup? cane sugar?

how about this helpful list of things to substitute with: 

apple juice, orange juice, dates, raisins, fresh stevia leaves if you can find them and like the flavor. we prefer to use real food that has not been processed. if you prefer a little sweeter, go ahead and use raw local honey or maple syrup instead of the fruit but it will double your glycemic index levels.

we are choosing to use raisins & fresh squeezed orange juice today!

1/4 cup raisins 

1/4 cup orange juice (you can leave out if you don't want it too sweet)

2 garlic cloves, 1-2 mint leaves 

1/2-1 whole shallot depending on your taste for it. 

couple dashes of himalayan sea salt 

a couple pepper dashes, then blend it up, in your home blender (if you use dates you should soak them for an hour or 2) 

the glycemic index on this recipe is only 32 for the whole dressing. 

that's it! enjoy yogi's!