From my experience, most people like vegetables, but don’t end up eating them because:
- A. They just don’t think about it (most of us don’t default to vegetables when we’re hungry).
- B. It doesn’t fit well into their current paradigm (vegetables for breakfast anyone????).
- C. They can’t think of a healthy context in which they enjoy them (how do you eat okra not fried?!?)
- D. They aren’t “easy.” (although I think this one is a cop-out when I look at the alternatives people often choose)
Each of these can easily be addressed, but I’m going to take on C. Because the simpliest vegetable-based snack is raw cut up veggies…. which everyone LOVEs…as long as they can have their ranch dip. The problem with ranch dressing is:
Ug. That’s a lot of ingredients. A lot of not so healthy ingredients. Disodium guanlylate anyone?
It’s also interesting to note that in order to make it light, they had to dilute with water (check out the first ingredient which is listed in order of predominant weight) which means you’re paying extra for the manufacturers to water it down, then since watered down dressing tastes pretty awful, they have to add sugar and all sorts of other chemicals to make it addictive–err palatable. Soybean oil-not your friend–very high in omega-6 (inflammatory), generally extruded with hexane (a toxin) and controversial effects on thyroid health, cancer, and heart disease. I could go on, but suffice it to say–I betchya I can tell it’s “light.”
The great thing about ranch is the seasonings are what make the flavor and all the spices which contribute to the Ranch-ness are perfectly healthy! So by adding your own spices and avoding the chemicals, you can achieve all the flavor without the negative effects. The carrier of the seasonings is the other piece–rich and creamy is what we want, so my go to for that is greek yogurt–a great source of protein and a wonderful consistency. Feel free to play around with the amout and type of spices for your preference, but the dip should last as long as your refrigerated yogurt would last.
- 2 T Dried Parsley
- 1.5 t. Dried Dill
- 2 t. Garlic Powder
- 2 t. Onion Powder
- 2 t. Dried Onion Flakes
- 1 t. Ground Pepper
- 1 t. Dried Chives
- 1 t. Salt
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Mix all seasoning and spices together in a jar. Add 1 T dried dressing mix for every 1 cup yogurt. Let sit overnight.
- Use veggies for dunkers:
- Carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, jicama–you name it!
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