Friday, July 18, 2008

Does this ranch make me look fat?

Back when my body actually metabolized what I ate, I used to consider ranch dressing its own food group. It was good on everything, homemade potato chips, pizza, burgers --oh, and salad too. Then as I started eating healthier and consuming more salad, I realized that putting half a gallon of ranch on a cup of lettuce and veggies was not so healthy after all. For a while I tried vinaigrettes (no can have creamy?), then “lite” (yech!) dressings, and finally found a stand-in that was soy based and called itself a cucumber “ranch.” Times were hard.

And then one day while wandering past the produce in Wegman’s I saw it: a yogurt-based salad dressing by a company called Bolthouse Farms. I checked out the back, prepared to be disappointed. The upshot: Move over vinaigrette, the ranch is comin’ back home.
Check it out for yourself:

Sample of Nutritional Information:
Ken’s Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing--Serving size 2tbsp – 150 cal/ 140fat cal
Wishbone Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing-- Serving size 2tbsp – 150 cal/ 140fat cal
Bolthouse Farms Chunky Blue Cheese--Serving size 2tbsp – 70 cal/ 60 fat cal

Besides the ranch I’ve also tried the blue cheese, which is especially tasty on hot wings and pizza, and the Caesar dressing. They also make a ceamy honey mustard and a Thousand Island dressing, which I suspect will be good on a Reuben sometime in the near future. If you read a lot of labels you might also notice that the calories are just slightly worse for you than a “lite” creamy dressing. And if you have any taste buds at all, you know exactly what these low fat dressing tastes like (hint: starts with an S). You'll also find that the yogurt provides an extra little kick, and I typically don’t even use the whole recommended serving size of two tablespoons—even better. So thank you, wonderful people at Bolthouse—you have brought light back into my dark world.

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