You Can Thank Me Later Because Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing Will Change Your Diet And Life

You Can Thank Me Later Because Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing Will Change Your Diet And Life

A healthy alternative to Pollo Tropical's Cilantro Garlic Sauce.


If the headline didn't give it away, I'm stoked about this Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing from Bolthouse Farms!

Here's why:

If you've been to Pollo Tropical before, it's highly likely that you asked for cilantro garlic sauce to fulfill your order. And, if you haven't, then I can sincerely tell you that you're missing out. Their cilantro garlic sauce is a creamy dressing that should be poured generously over your TropiChop Bowl or salad and used as a dipping sauce for your fried yuca.

Unfortunately, this yummy sauce isn't the most favorable when it comes to healthy eating. But don't fret, I'm here to introduce you to my new holy grail: Bolthouse Farms' Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing.

This yogurt-based dressing is a healthier alternative to Pollo Tropical's cilantro garlic sauce as it has no artificial flavors and no artificial preservatives. If you aren't sold yet, let's talk about the substantial difference in calories and fat between these two sauces. The yogurt dressing has 40 calories per serving and 3.5g of Total Fat. On the other hand, Pollo Tropical's infamous Cilantro Garlic sauce has 160 calories per serving with a hefty 17g of Total Fat. I AM SHOOK.

What I enjoy most about this cilantro avocado dressing is that it works well with a variety of dishes. I enjoy it drizzled on top of my sautéed chicken or steak, as a savory dressing on homemade salads, and even as a dipping sauce for carrots or broccoli.

I have yet to entertain my taste buds with the other 12 yogurt dressings that Bolthouse Farms offers, but the mango chipotle and honey mustard yogurt dressings will surely be in my next grocery haul!

Here are all the creamy yogurt dressings that Bolthouse Farms offers. Which dressings are you eager to try?

On a serious note:

As a fitness junkie and health coach, I'm all about healthy alternatives - if you couldn't tell by my enthusiasm for this yogurt dressing. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle and, in order to do so, I aim to create healthy habits. By building small disciplines to replace unhealthy habits, I've been able to achieve sustainable results for my health and physique. Trust me, with this strategy, it's possible for anyone to make a positive change in their health. I encourage you to start small - practice eliminating one of your poor habits by replacing it with a new choice that will contribute to a better you. For example, instead of stocking up on loads of unhealthy snacks, start purchasing some fruits & veggies. Preparation is key for staying on track; so, if you have healthy options readily available when those cravings kick in, you will be prepared and empowered to stay in line with your goals. If this sounds too simple, well, that's because it is really this simple. Don't make things harder for yourself than they actually are - eliminate those distractions and excuses that keep prohibiting you from achieving your goals.

Where to buy these yummy Bolthouse Farms dressings within a 5-mile radius from UCF:

  • Walmart
  • Publix
  • BJs Wholesale Club
  • SuperTarget
  • Circle K
  • Kangaroo Express

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7 Philosophical Ways In Which Winnie The Pooh Understands Food

Short easy words like "what about lunch?"


Despite being a "Bear of Little Brain," Pooh really gets food. His philosophy behind food shines through the entire Hundred Acre Wood.

Here are 7 ways this "silly ol' bear" may not be quite so silly when it comes to food.

1. A highlight of the day is food.

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?"

Pooh doesn't cut any corners with his simple love of food. To him, the highlight of a day is when he eats, what he eats, and with whom he eats it. Food is easily accessible to many of us living in the Western world, and viewing food as a source of joy gives us at the barest minimum several moments of happiness every day.

2. Food brings motivation and joy.

Routines have a comfort and an excitement in their own selves—food can be a consistent bright spot in your day. Having a routine or something you look forward to with your eating habits can make even the most stressful days positive. For Pooh it's honey. For some, it might be a piece of chocolate, or something green, or always eating breakfast. For me, it's a cup of tea.

3. Food eases loneliness.

Friends are important. And food is important. And the two can physiologically be correlated. Studies show that if a person is lonely, holding a hot cup of tea can make them feel less alone.

There will always be times in our life that we are alone, even just physically, even just for a night. Something to smile about can make the difference between being alone, and being lonely—and comfort food is comforting for a reason. When you're feeling a bit eleven o'clock ish, a bit of honey can be just the thing.

4. Food bonds people.  

"What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."

Food is embedded in our lives every day. Our eating patterns form in relation to other people and is integrally linked to social groups. Sharing food with other people is one of our oldest forms of connecting with other people and creates an instant, natural bond.

5. Food has its own spiritual power.

Milne's cognizance of the spiritual nuances behind food is easily seen in this exchange between Piglet and Pooh. This moment, so simple, speaks volumes. Piglet recognizes that food brings comfort to a distressed emotional state, and food offers support to help Pooh find himself again.

Food (or its routines, or its comfort) can help bring us to a balanced, centered, more spiritual state. Also who hasn't been hangry? It's very difficult to be zen when you're hangry.

6. Food feeds the imagination.

The internationally famous chef Anthony Bourdain viewed food as a powerful storytelling tool. Some native American cultures believe food tells you where you've come from and where you're going. It can empower you to reassert control over your own self and your own life; it reunites you with your spiritual or imaginative self. ("For Bourdain," 2018).

Milne here captures the je ne sais quoi behind food—where food has not only a physiological and emotional influence, it also has an imaginative influence as well.

7. Food exists to nourish and fill us.

We need to eat to survive, and it doesn't take a Bear of Little Brain to tell us how wonderful it is that something we need is also something we find so much delight and joy in. Pooh got how beautiful it is to enjoy a good meal--and thankfully, with a yummy snack or a home-cooked meal or a trip out to eat, you can too.

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The Definitive Ranking Of Candy Colors

No matter the candy, this list holds true.


There is simply no feeling better than taking a bite of your favorite candy. It can pick you up after a horrible day and remind you that there is at least a little bit of good left in this world, or it can make an already good day even better. Either way, candy is usually the answer.

Of course, candy can more or less be separated into two different categories: fruit flavored and chocolate. Fruit flavored candies generally come in several different colors, with each color maintaining a different flavor, and therefore a unique candy experience. However, when it comes to these different flavors of candy, the same pattern holds true no matter what the candy is, with the same colors and flavors always superior to the other ones. Here is the definitive ranking of candy colors, a ranking that holds true for everything from Skittles to Starbursts.

1. Blue

Blue is just the best, that's really all there is to it. Anytime that a candy comes in blue, that flavor is essentially superior to all else. Maybe your favorite color is blue, maybe it's not. But you can't deny that blue candy, typically with the flavor of blue raspberry but occasionally blueberry, is pretty much always better than everything other flavor. The only downside is that not every single candy comes in blue. The majority of them do, but not all of them, making blue into a somewhat luxurious candy color. It's not always there, but when it is, it's the best.

2. Red

Red is probably the most dependable of all candy colors, and also the second most delicious, inferior only to the almighty blue. Red will always be there, because as far as I know, every fruity candy comes with a red option, whether the flavor be strawberry, cherry, or raspberry. Red will always be there for you, and it happens to be the best candy color except for when blue is around. For example, red was always the best color of Sour Patch Kid, until Sour Patch did the unthinkable and released a blue option. Still, red deserves praise for being the second most delicious candy color, and the one that is always there no matter what.

3. Green

Green candy is generally pretty good, although it can sometimes be hit or miss because there are a variety of flavors that have come to occasionally take the form of the color green. Lime is a common flavor for candy that is green, however the color can also manifest as green apple, and even watermelon on some occasions. It's a pleasant surprise when you bite into a green candy expecting it to be lime, only to discover that it is actually a much better flavor, such as green apple or watermelon. Because of this ambiguity in terms of the color green, and it's potential to be so much more than originally thought, it achieves the highly coveted spot of third on the list.

4. Orange

At this point, we have passed the best flavors and are now exploring the ones that most people tend to avoid, flavors that often remain in the bag after the highly sought after candy has all been eaten. Orange is a decent color, and it is always reliable because it really only comes in one flavor: orange. It is probably the most simple candy/flavor combination in existence. It is not the best, but it is by no means the worst either. Orange is orange, which may lead many people to prefer orange candy, because this type of stability is something that many people could use more of in their lives.

5. Yellow

There is nothing wrong with the color yellow, it just does not quite measure up to other candy colors and thus, we find it at the bottom of the list. It is usually the flavor of lemon, and while this flavor works in certain candies, it does not always work well with others. Lemonheads are delicious, but lemon Sour Patch Kids are probably the worst Sour Patch flavor. However, yellow candy can surprise you because it sometimes it turns out to be banana, which as we all know, is one of the best flavors of Runts. I don't think I've eaten a Runt since I was about eight years old, but I think they still exist.

There you have it. This is the definitive ranking of these five candy colors, a flavor guide that can be applied to just about any type of fruit flavored candy. Blue is the best, red is good too, green isn't bad, orange is decent, and yellow is alright. Candy is candy though, it all pretty much tastes good.

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