A lot of people make the mistake of not counting the calories in the condiments they eat. They think that, surely, that little squeeze of ranch dressing, dollop of mayonnaise, or container of barbecue sauce isn’t going to hurt. In truth, though, some condiments can actually have quite a few calories, allowing them to easily derail your diet. If you’re someone who has to “dip and sauce,” make sure you’re choosing the healthiest, lowest-calorie condiments, or you might just destroy your diet!
Healthy Option #1: Hummus
Hummus is a wonderful, protein-packed dip that goes great on just about everything. Two tablespoons will typically only run you around 70 calories; plus, you’re getting a lot of nutrition in those two tablespoons. Spread hummus on a sandwich or use it as a veggie dip; you can find this yummy, healthy treat in a wide range of flavors and styles- there’s something to suit every taste!
Healthy Option #2: Ketchup
Believe it or not, ketchup is actually a pretty healthy option, especially if you’re going with the all-natural and/or sugar-free varieties. All that’s in it, usually, is vinegar, spices, and tomatoes, so you’re not doing your body harm when you add it to your meals or use it in recipes. Eat away!
Healthy Option #3: Salsa
Salsa is another condiment that, believe it or not, is quite healthy and surprisingly low-calorie. Two tablespoons of salsa will typically only have around 10 calories, which is pretty amazing! Salsa goes great on salads and can also be used as a veggie dip or to dress up eggs or other dishes. Similarly, pico de gallo is a great, low-calorie and versatile option.
Healthy Option #4: Mustard
If you like mustard, then you’re in major luck. Mustard is very, very low-calorie- some varieties are even calorie-free- and it’s pretty darn good for you too. Mustard contains antioxidants and lots of essential minerals, though, as usual, you’ll enjoy more of the benefits if you go for a non-processed, all-natural version.
Healthy Option #5: Sriracha
Yet another great option, especially if you like a little spice…okay, a lot of spice…is Sriracha. This Thai version of hot sauce is great on Asian dishes but can also be used on pasta, rice, eggs, and more. Think of it as a spicy, low-calorie ketchup that you can enjoy guilt-free!
Healthy Option #6: Italian Dressing
Most of the salad dressings out there are horrible; in fact, the vast majority of them contain loads of saturated fat and can make your “healthy” salad just as bad for you as a burger! One dressing that tends to be fairly low calorie is Italian dressing, which you can often enjoy for as little as 15 calories per tablespoon. Not only is it great as a salad dressing, but it can also be used as a marinade for meats and veggies.
As you can see, there are healthy sauce and dip options out there, so make smart choices to keep on track with your diet.