Summertime means picnics at the park, backyard barbecues, roasting hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill. With all the delicious food, it’s easy to get off track with your eating-clean or healthy diet! However, by replacing a few not-so-healthy condiments with healthier alternatives, you can indulge in the fun of the season… guilt-free!
Mayonnaise: Okay, ladies, you knew this was coming. Just a tablespoon of mayo serves up 90 calories, 10 grams of fat and 90mg sodium. The main ingredient in most mayo is soybean oil, and unless you’re getting organic, you are likely ingesting GMO soybeans since about 93% of soy crops in the U.S. are genetically modified (Livestrong). Learn more about the dangers of GMO soy here.
Bottled Salad Dressings: Virtually all store-bought salad dressings are full of extra fat, sugar, salt and partially hydrogenated oils you don’t want to be covering your salad in! Skip the prepackaged kind and make your own dressings with extra virgin olive oil, vinegar of your choice, and seasonings as a base. Add in mustard, lemon juice, honey, yogurt or fresh herbs for different variations and flavors. For a delicious salad dressing, try Skinny Mom’s original Skinny Sweet + Sour Dressing. We also have some great recipes for ‘Balsamic, Olive Oil & Italian Seasoning’, ‘Garlic, Canola Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar’, ‘Strawberry Vinaigrette’, ‘Basil Vinaigrette’, ‘Almond Oil’ and ‘Avocado Oil’. Check them all out here!
Ketchup: Most store-bought ketchup is packed with high fructose corn syrup – not something we want to be eating regularly. Think HFCS isn’t all that bad? Read this. If you’ve gotta have it, opt for all natural, organic ketchup (try Trader Joe’s brand), and stick to one serving. (photo credit here)
Hummus: Made from fiber-rich garbanzo beans, extra virgin olive oil, and tahini, hummus packs a punch of protein, healthy fats and fiber. It’s great as a dip, on burgers, or mixed with veggies and pasta for a mayo-free pasta salad. Like some spice? Try Skinny Mom’s Skinny Buffalo Wing Hummus!
Mustard: Low in calories and fat, mustard is a great accompaniment to your hotdogs and burgers. If the taste is too strong, try making your own healthier honey mustard by mixing it with a bit of honey and plain, low-fat yogurt.
Guacamole: Avocado is heart healthy and delicious! Smash up half an avocado and spread it on a sandwich or burger in place of mayo. Or cut avocado into chunks, add a squeeze of lime and toss in some chopped tomatoes and onions for a yummy chunky dip or taco topping. You will love Skinny Mom’s Skinny Guac!
Salsa: Made from fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeño, salsa is a healthy veggie-full condiment. Choose one without added sugar, and use it as a dressing for salad, add it to your burger, or as a dip for raw veggies. Want a sweeter alternative? Try Skinny Mom’s Strawberry and Mango Salsa!
Knowledge is power! Always read food labels, especially sauces and condiments, so you know what you’re buying. Sticking with real, whole foods is always your best bet. When in doubt, make it yourself! Need to get informed? Food Labels Translated is a must read!