While they may seem like harmless flavor enhancers, many of your favorite condiments are packed with sugar, artificial ingredients, sodium, and fat. Try these healthy alternatives for avoiding blandness:
Mustard — A lighter choice than mayonnaise, mustard kicks up spice… and immune function thanks to a compound called zeaxanthin. Mustard can also step in for ketchup, which is high in sugar. For a healthier alternative to barbeque sauce, which shares ketchup’s sugar-rich flaw, mix a little honey with mustard to sweeten its zest. Mustard in its seed or powdered form packs a seasoning punch, while possibly providing anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting benefits.
Hummus — Trade your heavy dips or dressings for this garbanzo bean specialty. High in fiber and protein, low in fat, hummus also contains a trace mineral known as molybdenum, which may help the body detoxify certain food preservatives. Hummus can replace ranch dressing as a veggie dip or sour cream on a baked potato and serve as a sandwich spread.
Salsa — This Mexican favorite isn’t exclusive to south-of-the-border entrées. Swap out the usual suspects on your burgers with this low-calorie, lycopene-rich alternative. Use it instead of tarter or cocktail sauce, or even as a marinade. Top your morning eggs with salsa to give them a southwestern buzz.