Challenge Forum: CUT OUT THE JUNK!

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Posted: 28 Jan 2009, 22:52
The normal mind would think "SALAD" is good for you... I used to try to eat a salad instead of a slice of pizza or a sub at school. After looking at the CALORIES that are in one tea spoon of ranch dressing, I never want to eat a salad again.

The only problem is... I love salad. Is there another dressing that is healthier or a good replacement? Sad

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Posted: 29 Jan 2009, 19:18
Anything that is oil based is usually much better for you. I try to stay away from anything that looks creamy. Try any of the Newman's Own "Lighten Up" varieties. They are really yummy!

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Posted: 29 Jan 2009, 19:43
I'm a big creamy dressing fan, and I LOVE the Bolthouse Farms Creamy Yogurt dressings. They have a ranch, a blue cheese, a thousand island, and a caesar parmesan (sooo good), among others. They range from 45-80 calories for 2 tbsp. You can get them in the refrigerated part of the produce section. One caveat--they can be hard to find because not all grocery stores have them. This website tells you where to get them:

Hope this helped!

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Posted: 31 Jan 2009, 16:24
I've found that if I make my own dressing that it's a lot lower in calories. but personally I like taking a little (LIGHT) ranch dressing, mixing it with a little olive oil and dipping my fork into it instead of pouring it over my salad. so much less calories and the taste is in every bite!
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Posted: 01 Feb 2009, 13:53
balsamic vinegarette is good too....and the dipping of the fork is a great method

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Posted: 01 Feb 2009, 14:02
if I'm on the go, like at school, work, grabbing a bite with friends, etc, i carry kraft dressing packets in my purse. Yeah, i know! it sounds silly, and my friends make fun of me, but they are only 25 calories for the whole packet. They're canola and olive oil based [the two healthiest vegetable oils] so what little fat they have is healthy fats that will actually help the body absorb the vitamins in salad :]
you can find them at most super markets next to the 'light' dressings. If you're set on ranch, they do make a light ranch one that has 4.5 grams of fat, which is reasonable for a light creamy dressing.

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Posted: 03 Feb 2009, 18:37
I like to use balsamic vinegar mixed with dijon mustard and a little splenda.
Try it!