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10/15/12 12:29 P

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I had about half a bottle of Maple Farms sugarfree, fatfree raspberry dressing in the fridge - I used some on my spinach salad but it tasted way too sweet. I decided to try adding balsamic vinegar to it (filled the bottle) and it helped GREATLY!! So for now I think this will be my dressing of choice!

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10/2/12 10:43 A

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One thing I do with my 'store bought' salad dressing is to water it down enough so that it pours easily - I use much less this way. Also, another thing that makes salads palatable for me, day after day, is to spray some DaVinci sugar-free syrup on the salad, and add sunflower seeds.

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10/1/12 5:23 P

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Clark, salad dressing is one of those things that I hate making and would rather buy too so I completely understand. I have yet to find a homemade salad dressing recipe I like. And I've tried many light/low calorie/low fat/etc store bought salad dressings and end up not using them because I don't care much for most of them. I tend to like creamier dressings so I don't like using oil/vinegar type ones. I finally just gave in to the conclusion that my diet isn't perfect and if salad dressing is one of the few things I slip on then I'm okay with that. If it gets me to enjoy eating a salad then it's worth it to me. So I typically buy a light/low fat ranch and then only use a little. I have found that adding avocados and hummus (I make my own) to my salad create the creamier texture I like. So my advice is to go with what you enjoy and try to reduce the amount and add things like avocado, hummus, herbs, salsa, etc to your salad to achieve whatever taste you like most.

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9/30/12 2:56 P

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Thanks June!! And if you WANT to run, DO IT!! Just start really really slow!! When I started running again in January I swear I could have walked as fast as I was running (well, not really but it seemed that way). Actually I'm not running at the moment - having a bit of a leg/knee problem. Its time to see the chiropractor about that as I'm scheduled to run another half marathon on Thanksgiving day!!

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9/30/12 11:49 A

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Marilyn - Impressive!! I wish I could run a marathon! Although I am an dedicated gym person....running, jogging are things I have not been able to master. I think all those years as a 'smoker' left their mark on me and even though it's been over 10 years since I quit, I still get overly winded when I do heavy cardio (even moderate cardio). I'm soon to be 68 years old and your spark page sure motivates me to do more. You have done a terrific job!

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9/30/12 10:46 A

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I just read the book and am going to begin adding more healthy green veggies to my diet, but was also concerned about the dressing issue. So this thread is quite helpful to me, especially the recommendation for the dijon date dressing. Dates aren't something I already have in the pantry so knowing its a good dressing makes me feel better about buying them.

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Ah, salad dressings. They are a problem for me too!

What I do so far is two things:
Either I mix a little mayonaise with yoghurt and juice of a lemon / orange / lime and add some herbs like a hint of garlic, mint, or thyme, sometimes a bit of mustard. I make a larger amount and keep it in a plastic box in my refridgerator. It keeps for about three days. It's not the best solution because it adds a lot of calories and some animal product to my diet, but somehow I just have a very hard time solving this problem. Somehow I feel upset having to make my own dressings!
Or, I make the dijon date dressing from the ETL book. It's a delicious dressing and once you've got the ingredients in the house you just need to throw them in the blender and blend. It makes four servings - and mind you dr. Fuhrman's servings are HUGE by my standards. So you can enjoy a lot of dressing on your salad. I store it in the fridge and trust it can be kept like that for a few days.
The good part about that dijon date dressing is that I like the taste so much, I don't need to do a lot of thinking about the ingredients for my salad. Just having it with a bunch of leafy greens, some beans and some cucumber is enough because the dressing makes the salad attractive.


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9/22/12 1:17 A

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I used to just use plain balsamic vinegar finally got sick of it and started making my own. I use an old good seasons bottle, mix balsamic with low sodium v8 some mrs dash a touch of oregano & some chia seeds to thicken it up. It lasts long enough to make it only a couple of times a week but could make more and put it into a bigger jar I am sure.

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9/21/12 11:36 P

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Does Wh0leFoods sell an oil-free dressing? I know they have one on their salad bar and I assumed they might carry it as well. I make my own and it is simple (takes just a few mintues to whip up a batch for the week). You may want to try some of the recipies you run across here and see if you like them.

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9/21/12 10:07 P

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Another option, which is a compromise, is to buy the envelops of Italian dressing seasonings (like Good Seasons) and add the water, vinegar, and oil except that you only add 1/2 the oil and make up the liquid with vinegar and water to your taste. I say Italian because that one has less bad stuff in the seasoning packet. I use to do that a lot until I got some nice seasoning mixes from Penzeys Spices. Now I use them when I use dressing but I do the same thing - cut back the oil.

I also use avocado instead of oil and mix it with my stick blender (immersion blender).

If you have a gooey avocado you can add it to the salad and it will make its own dressing if you have other wet veggies, like tomatoes or fruit in the salad.




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9/21/12 9:28 P

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making your own is better but I have tried and failed myself and I just haven't made the time to try some more. So this is what I do.

I find the dressing that has the lowest fat, sugar and caleries and then messure the serving so your not getting more than you think you are. Try to use less.

I make a big hug salad and just use a little dressing

Here is a low calerie dressing that you might like
www.waldenfarms.com/products/dressin
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I like the Zesty Italian and the Raspberry Vinaigrette the best.

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I am on day 2 on the 6 week plan and am loving it. However, I am a little confused about salad dressings. I'm all about convenience so I would rather buy my dressing at the store than mix my own and I know the plan calls for vinegar based rather than oil based, but all the dressings at the store seem to use olive oil as a base.

I'm wondering what dressings, if any, you guys pick up at the store.

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