Ranch dressing is a keto diet natural, luckily for all of we keto dieters out there. Ranch dressing was popularized in the 1980s and 1990s by the popular brand “Hidden Valley Ranch.” True story: When Hidden Valley Ranch hit the market, my mom’s friends thought they had stolen the recipe from her because they had only ever tasted ranch dressing like that in our house. Obviously, I grew up on ranch dressing, the homemade variety. Of course, creamy salad dressings were not invented by us. We were just ahead of the game in the homemade dressing department.
This is my mom’s standard ranch dressing recipe to which I have added the collagen powder and just obsessively check my mayonnaise and sour cream for hidden carbs. Mayonnaise in particular has been increasingly and strangely transformed by food manufacturers as a slightly sweet condiment containing sugar. Old school mayonnaise is oil and eggs and has zero carbohydrates — a natural keto food. Find one of those mayonnaise brands (which is easily done if you check the labels) or make your own. Sour cream brands also vary in carbohydrates. A full fat version will probably offer you the fewest. Be sure to check out the label and become familiar with your options.
I add collagen powder just to get some extra collagen in my diet. People often ask me what I did for skin maintenance during my year of rapid weight loss. My skin looks very good for a 49 1/2 year old who lost 150 pounds. Along with a very healthy diet, intermittent fasting (eating one meal a day), and probably good genetics, I added collagen powder to my foods. Collagen contains the building blocks of healthy skin and we can add it easily to daily recipes. The keto ranch dressing without the collagen is pretty fantastic too. The collagen is just a little bonus in there.
For the collagen powder in this recipe, you need to find one that will not add flavor to your recipe. There are probably many that fit the bill but I have used this one and this one, available from my Amazon partnership.
I make this keto ranch dressing regularly, probably weekly, and use it on salads and as a dip. It is a staple in my kitchen! Find some of my thoughts on intermittent fasting meal ideas, including “the big salad,” with this very keto ranch dressing.
This is a simple keto ranch dressing recipe with a collagen kick!
Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, collagen, and herbs into a bowl.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Amanda Rose, Ph.D. lives in the Giant Sequoia National Monument with her husband and two sons. She founded the Eat Like A Bear website to support the awesomely inspiring community on Facebook, Eat Like A Bear!
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