Are you using fat free salad dressing? Well, did you know that vitamins A, D, E and K are FAT-SOLUBLE vitamins? You can't absorb these vitamins without a fat, which is why fortifying skim milk with vitamin D is a waste of money! I have so many clients deficient in vitamin D. Could our low fat diets be the problem? Taking a vitamin d supplement with a bowl of cereal and skim milk will NOT let the vitamin D absorb into the bloodstream.
Having low vitamin d levels can effect us in so many ways. Here are just a few:
1. Last year it was proven that vitamin D deficiency is likely to be a major factor for the development of type one diabetes in children.
2. Activated vitamin D in the adrenal gland regulates tyrosine hydroxylase, the rate limiting enzyme essential for the production of dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Check out Secrets to Your Weight Cravings and Mood for more information.
3. Low vitamin D contributes to chronic fatigue and depression.
4. Insulin resistance is one of the major factors not only leading to the cancers, but also to the number one killer in the US, heart disease. Northern countries have higher levels of heart disease and more heart attacks occur in the winter months (when our vitamin D levels plummet).
5. Infertility is associated with low vitamin D, and PMS has been completely reversed by addition of magnesium and vitamin D.
6. Progression of degenerative arthritis of the knee and hip is faster in people with lower vitamin D levels.
7. Autoimmune Disorders: Multiple Sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis and Crohn's disease have all been linked with low vitamin D levels.
8. Obesity: Vitamin D has recently been shown to lower leptin secretion. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells and isinvolved in weight regulation. It is thought that the hormone signals the brain when fat cells are "full." To read more check out Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
Not only that, I've tried fat free ranch dressing in my past life...it tastes terrible, no wonder why people don't like salads. You need a great dressing to jazz up the veggies. Fat free dressings are nothing but sugar and corn syrup. Yuck.
Ingredients in Free Ranch: Water, Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Buttermilk (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat, Adds a Trivial Amount of Cholesterol)Salt, Less Than 2% of Vinegar, Garlic Puree, Onion Puree, Garlic (Dried)Onion (Dried)Green Onion (Dried)Spice, Sour Cream (Cream, Nonfat Milk, Cultures; Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat, Adds a Trivial Amount of Cholesterol)Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil; Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat)Monoglycerides (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat)Natural Flavor, Artificial Color, Monosodium Glutamate, Lactic Acid, Phosphoric Acid)Disodium Phosphate, with Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, TBHQ and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives, Alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E)
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I know my recipe sounds a little crazy, but it tastes awesome. The cream cheese makes it so thick. This added an amazing flavor without extra calories, 1 TBS of mayo is 100 calories, 1 TBS of cream cheese is 50 calories. Since cream cheese is so much thicker, you can add a flavorful broth to thin the dressing and you save a lot of calories.
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
1/2 tsp dried chives
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried dill weed
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp Celtic salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
In a blender or a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, broth, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving (it will thicken up as it rests). Makes 12 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Ranch = 153 calories, 1.1 carbs, 0 fiber
KRAFT Fat Free Ranch = 50 calories, 11 carbs, 0 fiber
"Healthified" Ranch = 66 calories, 0.75 carbs, 0 fiber
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