Are you feeling like a good nosh this holiday season but trying to stay away from junky fats? With this healthy version of ranch dressing (or dip!) you can still enjoy the classic Ranch we all love while giving yourself a tasty dose of heart healthy fats from avocado and coconut. You can also use it as a dip for fresh vegetables. Studies show that workout your jaw gets from crunching on fresh veggies not only helps relieve stress but tricks your brain into thinking you’ve consumed more energy than you really have. This is a great “hack” for someone looking to find a simple switch from the chip bowl to the veggie platter! Make a double batch and bring to your holiday event to share with others (or just have extra for yourself!).
Healthy Ranch Dressing or Dip
Yields: about 1 cup
1/4 full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup avocado – based mayonnaise
2 teaspoons tea seed oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion granules or 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
sea salt and black pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.