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Love it, Like it, Hate it: Vinaigrettes & Light Salad Dressings

 

We know that a hefty dose of creamy salad dressing is the quickest way to sabotage a healthy salad, but even seemingly low-cal vinaigrettes and “light” dressings can be loaded with sodium and more than a day’s worth of added sugar! in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst “diet-friendly” options on the salad dressing aisle.

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE IT!

 

All of the “Love It” salad dressings are low in calories and sugar, with less than 200 mg sodium per ounce

 

 

 

Bella’s Blackberry & Fig Balsamic Dressing

 

·         Per 2 tbsp: 15 calories, 125 mg sodium, 4 grams carbs, 3 grams sugar, 0 protein

 

·         Ingredients include: water, balsamic vinegar, blackberries, agave, white vinegar, fig concentrate…

 

 

 

Annie’s Naturals Lite Honey Mustard

 

·         Per 2 tbsp: 45 calories, 150 mg sodium, 4 grams carbs, 3 grams sugar, 1 protein

 

·         Ingredients include: water, Dijon mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil, salt

 

 

 

Bolthouse Farms Chunky Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette

 

·         Per 2 tbsp: 15 calories, 125 mg sodium, 4 grams carbs, 3 grams sugar, 0 protein

 

·         Ingredients include: water, apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice concentrate, blue cheese, olive oil…

 

 

 

LIKE IT!

 

All of the “Like it” salad dressings are low in calories and added sugar, with less than 300 mg sodium per ounce

 

 

 

Bolthouse Farms Mango Chipotle Yogurt Dressing

 

·         Per 2 tbsp: 40 calories, 210 mg sodium, 6 grams carbs, 5 grams sugar, 1 gram protein

 

·         Ingredients include: buttermilk, pineapple juice concentrate, yogurt, mango puree concentrate, mango, apple cider vinegar, whey protein concentrate…

 

 

 

OPA Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing

 

·         Per 2 tbsp: 60 calories, 230 mg sodium, 2 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar, 2 grams protein

 

·         Ingredients include: nonfat Greek yogurt, canola oil, blue cheese, salt, egg yolk, vinegar…

 

 

 

HATE IT!

 

 

 

Kraft Three Cheese Lite Ranch Dressing

 

·         Per 2 tbsp: 60 calories, 360 mg sodium, 5 grams carbs, 2 grams sugar, <1 gram protein

 

·         Ingredients include: water, soybean oil, corn syrup, vinegar, sugar, salt, cheeses, modified food starch… monosodium glutamate (MSG), yellow 5, yellow 6…

 

·         360 mg sodium per ounce, plus MSG & artificial food coloring

 

 

 

Brianna’s Home Style Blush Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

 

·         Per 2 tbsp: 120 calories, 420 mg sodium, 14 grams carbs, 14 grams sugar, 0 protein

 

·         Ingredients include: sugar, water, red wine vinegar, canola oil, salt, spices…

 

·         25% day’s worth of sodium and more than half the recommended upper limit of sugar in a single ounce – and most people can easily use at least 2-3 ounces of dressing on a salad.

 


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