Conventional condiments are those sneaky things that we often forget about when we think that we're eating clean. Unfortunately most conventional condiments contain ingredients that can increase your fat and sugar intake, derailing even the healthiest of diets. Conventional mayonnaise is usually made with up to 80% soybean oil and contains high amounts of saturated fat. Conventional salad dressings are also high in fat and are often made with low grade vegetable oils or a cream base. Conventional ketchup is usually laden with added sugars often in the form of the dreaded high fructose corn syrup. Conventional BBQ sauces are also loaded with added sugars Even conventional mustard and hot sauce often have high amounts of added sodium. So what's a sauce lover to do? No need to go without, it's all about finding a healthy alternative! Below are some of my favorites.
Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise: I love everything that Primal Kitchen does and their mayonnaise is no exception. Made with a base of oleic acid rich avocado oil and free of sugar, gluten, dairy, and soy. This mayo makes a wonderful addition to sandwiches and slaws.
Maille Wholegrain Dijon Mustard: The gold standard of dijon mustard from its birth place in France. It's gluten free, low in sodium, and they have several whole grain offerings so that you get all the amazing benefits of mustard seeds. It's also great whisked into a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice for a great salad dressing.
Annie's Naturals Organic Ketchup: A cleaner ketchup option that has no gluten, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and no GMO ingredients. It's sweetened with a small amount of cane sugar so there's no high fructose corn syrup either making this a great go to when that French fry craving hits.
Olive Alchemy Flavored Olive Oil: How many times can I profess my love for olive oil? It's the best salad dressing that there is loaded with polyphenols and monounsaturated fat. Olive Alchemy sources the highest quality olives and has a line of flavored olive oils that are perfect for adding depth to salads. I love to mix their rosemary or garlic olive oil with a little bit of lemon juice, salt, and pepper for the perfect additive free salad dressing.
Joyva Tahini: Tahini is a great dairy free alternative to a cream based salad dressing. It's high and healthy fats and amino acids making it a wonderful addition to any salad. I like to whisk it with some olive oil and lemon juice for a Mediterranean inspired flavor.
Cayenne Pepper: A sodium free alternative to hot sauce, a little cayenne pepper goes a long way. Cayenne contains capsicum that stimulates the metabolism, increases circulation, and helps with digestion without irritating the digestive tract like black pepper can do.