The old saying goes that sometimes, the littlest things make the biggest differences. When it comes to food, the condiments are the little things. You may only have two tablespoons of ketchup on your grass-fed burger, but it adds massive amounts of flavor.
Unfortunately, condiments often include some ingredients, like added sugar or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), that you don’t want in your diet. That doesn’t mean you have to nix your favorite condiments, though. In fact, some brands are making clean condiments that taste good and are much better for you in the long run.
We scoured the internet and read ingredients labels so you don’t have to — here are some of the best clean condiments around.
Ketchup may not taste sweet, but it typically contains about four grams of sugar per tablespoon — the same amount of sugar as one chocolate chip cookie. Cut down on the sweet stuff by opting for unsweetened ketchup. We recommend Primal Kitchen’s organic ketchup. It only contains one gram of sugar per serving and doesn’t have any maple syrup or high-fructose corn syrup. What’s more, this USDA-certified organic ketchup is Keto and Whole30 diet-friendly. Even though it barely has any sugar, it’s a fan favorite, with reviewers saying it tastes perfect on everything from burgers to sloppy Joes.
Hummus can liven up a veggie plate and it’s a nutritious alternative to mayonnaise on a sandwich. Clean eaters gravitate toward Baba’s Small Batch Organic Hummus because it’s made without preservatives and is also vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. It also doesn’t have any cholesterol, making it more heart-friendly than other condiments. The simple condiment includes recognizable ingredients like organic tahini, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, and spices. The lemon juice gives this product a little extra zest, so try it on pita chips or veggie sticks for a healthy, refreshing snack.
Bored of the usual options in your pantry? If you’re going through a food rut, we recommend Humble Nut Butter’s Sundried Cashew Butter. It’s handmade in small batches with organic cashews. Vegans and gluten-intolerant folks can try this butter too, as can those looking to avoid refined sugars since one serving only has two grams of sugar. The brand also has a social conscience — it’s fair-trade so you can rest assured knowing this product was created using ethical working conditions and sourcing. This clean condiment is ideal for raw or roasted veggies as well as sandwiches, wraps, and paninis because of its savory, spicy, and tangy flavor. Whether you swap it out for spreads like cream cheese or eat it right out of the jar, you won’t regret this purchase.
Dressings are not off the menu for clean eaters. Sir Kensington makes an avocado oil ranch dressing that is gluten-free and non-GMO verified. It’s made with high-quality ingredients, including free-range eggs and avocado oil, and you won’t find a single artificial ingredient, color, or preservative on the label. This Keto and Paleo-safe dressing is also safe for dairy and gluten-free diets. What more can you ask for? Many can’t tell the difference between Sir Kensington’s creamy, tangy dressing and regular ranch, so you’ll love it on all your favorite dishes from fish tacos to cobb salads.
Clean eaters don’t need to nix condiments from their diet, and healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. Some toppings and add-ons even come in unique flavors, like sun-dried basil cashew butter and avocado oil ranch dressing. As long as you stick with products that are low in sugar, salt, and any other preservatives, you can enjoy your favorite ingredients all while sticking with your clean eating regimen.
BlissMark provides information regarding health, wellness, and beauty. The information within this article is not intended to be medical advice. Before starting any diet or exercise routine, consult your physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, the United States Health & Human Services department has a free online tool that can help you locate a clinic in your area. We are not medical professionals, have not verified or vetted any programs, and in no way intend our content to be anything more than informative and inspiring.
- What you need to know about organic wine
- 4 great natural deodorants that really work
- Good, better, best: Organic ketchups you can get at the grocery store
- Good, better, best: Organic face moisturizers your skin will love
- 3 incredible low-calorie snacks that satisfy