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Healthy Ranch Dressing

If you spend time with me for more than five minutes, you will quickly find that I love ranch. I love it on everything! Literally everything!!! Fries, potatoes, sandwiches, veggies the list goes on and on!!!! You name it, I'll probably put ranch on it. And what's not to love about it? It's creamy without smothering your food and it has a punchy herbal kick!

The only problem with my ranch obsession ( other than the eye rolls I get when I ask for ranch wherever I go) is that it's loaded with fat. My favorite bottled ranch dressing has 140 calories ( 130 from fat) for 2 tablespoons. Not something I want to be fueling my body with everyday. So in an effort to balance out my ranch obsession, I made a healthy version that has all the flavor but less fat. 

Say hello to a healthy ranch made with plain, nonfat yogurt. The beauty of this dressing is that it has all the flavor of regular ranch, but has less fat and takes less than 1 minutes to make. It's roughly 45 calories for one tablespoon of this dressing. 

The key to success with this dressing is to use plain, nonfat yogurt. Don't try to use a Greek yogurt, it will be way to thick and have a sharp taste to it. This ranch is fabulous as soon as you make it, but I will say the flavor deepens as you let it sit in your fridge, so make a batch and use it the whole week!

 

Enjoy!! 

Healthy Ranch Dressing

Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt 
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder 
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper 

Instructions

In a small bowl, stir all ingredients together. Store in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container. 

 

Healthy BBQ Sauce

BBQ season is upon us! With Memorial Day kicking summer off this next week, it's definitely time to dust off those grills and fire pits and set your tastebuds to summer! Watermelon, sweet corn, strawberries and spicy barbecue are all flavors that get my tastebuds warmed up and ready to go when I think of the summer days ahead.

I love grilled chicken thighs with a generous slather of spicy yet sweet barbecue sauce. And if that sauce happens to drip all over my sweet corn or potato salad, that's just an added bonus. However, most store bought BBQ sauces have TONS of sugar or corn syrup in them. Not really what I want to be eating when I know I am going to be slipping into a bikini in the very near future! 

In an effort to fit in my bikini but still enjoy that addicting barbecue flavor, I whipped up a low sugar sweet and spicy barbecue sauce that you can use on everything. Grilled chicken, pulled pork, veggies and salads are all excellent choices to drown in this sauce. I used honey as my sweeter and only added enough to balance the tart flavors of the vinegar and mustard. I also added smoked paprika to help enhance that smoky just off the grill flavor.

The real magic behind this barbecue sauce is that it takes next to no time to make and will save in your fridge for two weeks. The ingredients list is minimal, in fact I am pretty sure you have all the ingredients to make this barbecue sauce in your fridge and pantry right now!

Take this recipe for a spin and let me know how you like it! 

Healthy BBQ Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup, reduced-sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Stir to combine and cook over low heat for 15 minutes until hot an bubbly. Adjust consistency of your sauce, if it's too thick add a little water to thin it out. Store in a covered container in your fridge for up to two weeks.