Condiments Worth Spreading

Whether you are a dipper or a spreader, some people can’t live without the added taste of a condiment. Many condiments have the reputation of being unhealthy, loaded with artificial additives, excessive sugar or salt, but not all condiments are created equal. Here are a few condiments that can turn meals from boring to delicious without crushing your healthy eating goals.

Salsa can be a great low-calorie condiment to add to more than just tacos. Spice up scrambled eggs, salads, rice, soups and chicken dishes.

Mustard is a heathy addition to marinades, salmon, chicken, salad dressings or to spread on sandwiches.

Hummus is made by blending chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Full of protein and a great source of fiber, hummus makes a great veggie dip, can be mixed into salads, or used as a healthier alternative to mayonnaise.

Guacamole is made with avocados that are a great source of healthy fats, fiber and nutrients, combined with onion, garlic, lime juice and cilantro. Spread it on whole wheat toast, in a burrito, or top your favorite dish.

Balsamic Vinegar is delicious drizzled on vegetables raw, before roasting or added to salads.

Hot Sauce adds a kick of flavor without the calories. Usually made from chili or cayenne peppers, vinegar and salt, it’s easy to add tomany dishes.

Pesto is a sauce made from fresh basil leaves, olive oil, parmesan cheese and pine nuts. High in zinc it can be added to baked chicken, pasta or spread on a sandwich or flatbread.

Before you dip, spread or pour, think about what your condiments may be adding along with the flavor, and choose wisely.