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Heart Smart Living

Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.

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A Tale of Two Salad Dressings

I’ll admit that I am not a very methodical shopper. Simply entering a grocery store seems to wipe out my memory bank. Unless I have a list at hand, I usually leave with more than what I came for, yet still missing some crucial ingredient. The upside of my shopping-induced amnesia is that I often stumble upon something new and interesting. Such was the case the day I discovered Bolthouse Farms salad dressings.

I love a good salad, and most of my dinners include some variation on the salad theme. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing is my standby, but sometimes it’s nice to have a change. I nearly overlooked the Bolthouse salad dressings, since they looked too rich and creamy to be healthy, but the label declaring “yogurt dressing” caught my eye, and I decided to toss a couple into the grocery cart.

What a treat! The salad dressings tasted as luxurious as their high fat counterparts, but at a fraction of the fat and calories. The chunky blue cheese variety weighed in at only 35 calories for two tablespoons, with just a single gram of saturated fat. A comparable full-fat blue cheese dressing slams you with as much as 160 calories and 17 grams of saturated fat (nearly a full day’s allowance) for the same sized serving. With no artificial flavorings or preservatives, the Bolthouse Farms dressing outclasses most other low-cal options as well.

These yogurt based dressings (including Ranch, Caesar, and French varieties) are great add-ins for tuna salad, and can be used as a spread on sandwiches or a dip for cut vegetables. While the flavor and heart healthiness of olive oil and vinegar can’t be beat, it’s great to have a light and delicious alternative.


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Dr. Samaan is an acclaimed cardiologist, writer, and heart health educator.