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How to Reduce Calories in Ranch Dressing
Do you love ranch dressing on your salad, veggies or potatoes? The creamy condiment is a favorite in many kitchens. But a traditional ranch salad dressing that you buy in the store or make at home is loaded with fat and calories. And some diet versions of ranch dressing contain added sugars or other artificial thickeners. Instead, use these easy swaps, tips, and salad dressing recipes to cut calories and make a healthier salad.
Calories in Ranch Dressing
There are about 16 grams of fat and 148 calories in a serving of ranch salad dressing, although the exact number can vary slightly depending on the brand that you buy and whether or not you make it at home.
A single serving of ranch dressing is only two tablespoons. How often do you take out a spoon and measure the creamy topping? When you pour it straight from the bottle, it's easy to add more than you need. And if you are dipping veggies or chips into the sauce, you're likely to mindlessly consume more than a single serving.
A healthy salad can quickly turn into a diet disaster if you add too much high-fat salad dressing. Many dieters also add other fatty ingredients such as cheese, nuts, seeds or croutons. Your salad can top 700 calories or even more.
Reduce Calories in Ranch Dressing
If you want to cut calories in your salad, swap ranch dressing for a lower calorie alternative. You can purchase a lower fat version of ranch dressing that you find in the grocery store.
A typical brand of light ranch-style salad dressing provides 80 calories and 7 grams of fat in a two-tablespoon serving. Fat-free Ranch dressing provides just 30 calories and zero grams of fat. But the fat-free salad dressing lists both corn syrup and sugar as initial ingredients. If you're trying to cut back on added sugars, this might not be the healthiest alternative.
So why notmake your own ranch-style salad dressing? Simply combine nonfat (skim) milk, low-calorie sour cream and a small amount of mayonnaise with a Hidden Valley Ranch powder mix. Or for a less processed alternative, skip the powdered mix and add your own fresh onion, garlic and herbs to the dairy mixture instead.
Combine the ingredients in a shaker bottle and blend thoroughly. If you refrigerate the dressing for an hour or more, it will thicken slightly to give you the creamy texture that you love.
Low-Calorie Salad Dressing Recipes
There are plenty of low-calorie and low-fat salad dressings that you can use to top your salad. Experiment with any of these salad dressing recipes to cut calories and fat from your meal.
Remember that one of the best ways to cut calories from your salad is to reduce the amount of salad dressing that you use. Even though two tablespoons is listed as the serving size on many packaged bottles of ranch dressings, it doesn't mean you have to use that much. Use half the amount and sprinkle your salad with fresh herbs and other seasonings for additional flavor.
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