Specifically, TJ's is now offering a new vegetable tray (just in time for holiday party season) that comes with a container of vegan ranch dip. It's not only making being vegan that much more convenient (and delicious—who doesn't love ranch?!), but it's also providing a much healthier alternative for anyone who's working to keep their goals in check over the holidays.
Traditional ranch dressing, according to the USDA, comes in at 130 calories per 2 Tbsp. Most have vegetable oil as the first ingredient, followed by water, sugar, buttermilk, and egg yolk—and then generally a bunch of other hard-to-pronounce preservatives and artificial flavors. Eek.
Trader Joe's vegan ranch, on the other hand—which comes complete with a tray of baby carrots, sugar snap peas, celery, broccoli florets, and sweet peppers—is 100 calories per 2 Tbsp, according to a rep for the brand. It boasts a much more straightforward ingredient list: a base of coconut cream followed by canola oil, water, red wine vinegar, parsley, garlic, sea salt, shallots, chives, black pepper, dill, and xanthan gum. Sounds pretty good to me.
With a list that short and simple, you could probably whip up a batch of vegan ranch yourself to have on hand once everyone devours the store-bought version. Or, you know, so you can just enjoy it yourself all season long. Your secret is safe with me.
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