As the end of the year rolls around, I always like to reflect and assess…did I stay in 80/20 balance, was I an exemplar model of a modern caveman…you know, that sort of thing. I realize I’ve been a bit of an overachiever in 2015…and I’m proud of it! We’ve got new Primal Blueprint Publishing books out to rave reviews and you’ve probably heard I launched a line of paleo/Primal foods, PRIMAL KITCHEN™, that’s exceeded my expectations in growth and reception. PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo keeps selling like hotcakes, the Avocado Oil is going strong, my Dark Chocolate Almond Bars literally crashed PrimalBlueprint.com on launch day, and I have two new PRIMAL KITCHEN™ offerings to share with you before we bid adieu to 2015.
Drum roll please…say hello to Primal Kitchen’s first two salad dressings—Greek Vinaigrette and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette!
What makes PRIMAL KITCHEN™ stand out is that we’re striving for more than just great taste, and yes, these vinaigrettes really do taste terrific. The PRIMAL KITCHEN™ mission is to make healthy eating easy and exciting. In the world of real-food eating, meat and vegetables can get pretty boring—it’s the sauces and condiments that keep healthy eating interesting. And let’s be honest, we’re all trying to eat more greens and veggies. But sometimes it’s hard, especially with sugar-laden, seed oil-tainted dressings overflowing grocery aisles everywhere.
So we use 100% pure avocado oil in both of our vinaigrettes. We source our avocado oil from premium Spanish avocados that are organically grown (but pending certification, so we can’t officially call our avocado oil organic yet). It’s first cold pressed and never mixed with hexane, and then centrifuge extracted to preserve the nutritional properties of the oil. You’ve heard me sing the praises of avocado oil multiple times, so I’ll just give you the main takeaways:
Both of our vinaigrettes feature organic apple cider vinegar. You’re familiar with its benefits if you’ve ever tried the apple cider vinegar and honey cure when you’re feeling under the weather, but did you know that studies suggest apple cider vinegar may help you lose weight because of its high satiety factor, and may even help increase insulin sensitivity when consumed alongside a high-carb meal? More research is definitely warranted, but animal studies indicate that apple cider vinegar may have the potential to lower high cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, three contributors to heart disease.
Next up is medicinal oregano oil, featured in PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Greek Vinaigrette. Before there were antibiotics like penicillin, there was oregano oil, and with antibiotic-resistance a growing epidemic, it’s time to look back to age-old remedies such as oregano.
Oregano oil is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, and folate, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. It has one of the highest ORACs among all food sources. On a per gram fresh weight basis, its antioxidant activity is…
- 42 times more potent than an apple’s
- 30 times more potent than a potato’s
- 12 times more potent than an orange’s
- 4 times more potent than blueberries
Oregano oil contains carvacol and thymol—two powerful phytochemicals with antimicrobial and antibacterial capabilities. In fact, an in vitro study demonstrated that against E. coli, possibly lowering the effective antibiotic dose and subsequent side effects. The specific source of our organic oregano oil happens to contain the highest carvacol percentage on the market. It’s good stuff.
Greek Vinaigrette Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Organic Red Wine Vinegar, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Oregano, Organic Coriander, Organic Marjoram, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Organic Oil of Oregano
My Honey Mustard Vinaigrette features organic honey with the pollen still intact. Some companies use processes that strip pollen out of honey. But organizations like the World Health Organization and the European Commission have ruled that without pollen in the honey, there’s no way to determine if it came from legitimate and safe sources. And rest assured every ounce of honey in my Honey Mustard Vinaigrette has been sourced, tested, and packaged based on the highest standards in the industry.
Both of my salad dressings are made with real food, organic ingredients—from sea salt to lemon—and are always free of refined sugar, dairy, soybean, gluten and trans fats, so you can indulge guilt free. And you should! Pour on top of all your salads, or use them as dipping sauces or to flavor up your favorite meat dishes. I’d love to hear the creative ways you use PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Salad Dressings in the comments below, so please reach out and let me know once you’ve had a chance to try them.
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Filtered Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Stone Ground Mustard (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Mustard Seed, Water, Salt, Organic Spices) Sea Salt, Organic Honey, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate
As a thank you for your loyalty, I’ve partnered with Thrive Market, and they’re giving away a FREE bottle of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Greek Vinaigrette to all new Thrive members while supplies last. You’ll just have to pitch in $1.95 for shipping. And if you’re already a Thrive Market member, you’re in luck. Every purchase of $50 or more gets a free bottle of my Greek Vinaigrette, and, like always, shipping is free.
Click here to be one of the first to enjoy my new paleo-approved salad dressings for free.
Or head on over to the Primal Blueprint website and grab a 3-pack or sign up for the autoship program, and enjoy the free shipping perks.
I have a feeling we’re going to have another grand sellout, so hurry and grab your free bottle while supplies last.
About the Author
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.
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