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I have always been a ranch dressing addict. You can put it on salads, dip veggies in it, use it with wings, incorporate it in recipes. What’s not to like? The problem with this is I thought it was healthy.
You are supposed to put this on salads, right?
The bad news is after learning about nutrition, I can see ranch dressing pretty much has zero health benefits. It has a ton of artificial flavoring and other ingredients we can’t pronounce. Not only that, why is there so much sodium and sugar in these? No wonder I couldn’t get my blood pressure to go down!
Then it gets worse.
When I looked at the labeling on the fat free and low fat versions, the ingredients got downright scary. Those versions have so much artificial stuff in them that it actually outweighs the normal ingredients.
We are eating chemicals. Pure chemicals.
Making My Own
I can’t give up ranch. I just can’t. However, there is not one bottle of already made ranch out there (that I have found) that has basic ingredients and is low in sugar and sodium. I knew I needed to make my own. I surprisingly liked the one I made on my first try, much to my excitement.
That is not how it usually works. It will probably never work for me like that again, but I’m okay with that.
Why Greek Yogurt?
Who wants a science lesson?
I know, you probably don’t, so I will try to keep it as short as possible. But it’s necessary to explain.
Our body absorbs almost everything through our small intestine (our gut).
There are thousands of little hair like things along the lining that directly links to our immune and cardiovascular systems. When our body absorbs nutrients, it gets absorbed to those.
Probiotics (good bacteria) forms and protects any toxins from getting past the protective barrier, so only nutrients are absorbed.
If you eat a lot of sugar and chemicals, bad bacteria forms.
If you know how bread bakes, you know yeast eats the sugar and gets bigger. Same thing happens in our gut. When you feed it sugar and chemicals, bad bacteria gets bigger and replaces the probiotics that protect us.
Do you crave sugar all the time? That is because you have more bad bacteria in your gut than good.
So what happens when the bad bacteria overpowers the good? Well besides craving sugar, the barrier that kept toxins out gets damaged, allowing toxins to enter your immune and cardiovascular systems. This is referred to as “leaky gut”. It wrecks havoc on those systems, causing nearly every illness you can imagine: Cancer, Heart Disease, Nerve and Muscle Diseases, Headaches, Mental Illness, etc.
Our immune system is weak from the probiotics not protecting it, so our immune system can’t protect us! If you have an illness, or symptom, and you are craving sugar, it’s almost a certainty that this is why.
Getting to the Point on Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is filled with probiotics that can fight off the bad bacteria and get your system working normally again.
Be careful though!! Many varieties of Greek yogurt, and even probiotic supplements have added sugar or chemicals in them. Which defeats the purpose. Remember how bad bacteria feeds on sugar? So find an organic, plain, no sugar added variety. If you can’t find organic, then look at the ingredients. The probiotics will often be listed in their science name and as “live cultures”.
So this is why I chose to use Greek yogurt in this recipe.
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