If you want flavor packed meals that are ideal for a slim waist line, you’ve got to experiment with condiments. Many of them are big on flavor, but low in fat and calories so you can include them in your healthy eating plan without any guilt. By using flavorful condiments, you reduce the need for cooking fats, like butter or olive oil, to add flavor to your meals. Ready to give it a try? Here are the condiments that should be in your fridge.
1 Try Hot Sauce on Just about Anything
Whatever hot sauce you love, it’s a great choice for a low-calorie meal. Whether you love green or red hot sauce, you get a low-calorie, fat-free condiment that will spice up your meal and leave you with something that is big on flavor and low on all the stuff you’re trying to cut from your diet. Try hot sauce on eggs, potatoes, burritos, tacos or steak. You’ll love it, I promise!
2 Keep Some Fancy Mustard on Hand for Sandwiches
If you usually put mayo on your sandwiches, you will love the switch up that comes with mustard. It adds way more flavor to your lunchtime ham and cheese, but is low in fat and calories. You can go with the standard yellow mustard or try the many gourmet mustards on supermarket shelves. Mustard is also great on hot dogs and burgers and you can use it make yummy sauces and marinades for steak, chicken and pork.
3 Shake Things up with a Scoop of Kimchi
This ethnic delight consists of fermented cabbage and other vegetables and is heavenly on many foods. It’s the perfect mix of crunch and spice and is easy to find since it’s gaining in popularity. Kimchi has an intense flavor, but very few calories so you feel like you’re going all out, when really you are eating healthy. Try kimchi on eggs, in tacos or as a tasty topping for veggie salads or hamburgers.
4 Harissa is a Great Choice for Dipping
This condiment is made from a mixture of hot peppers, spices, garlic and olive oil. It comes in paste form and is a great choice for dipping bread or veggies into. You can also swirl it into soups and stews to give them heat and flavor. Harissa can also be used on sandwiches in place of mayo or mustard.
5 Barbecue Sauce is Perfect or Chicken
I like to keep some tangy barbecue sauce in my fridge for flavoring chicken before it goes on the grill. It’s fat-free and low in calories, but it makes your meat taste like something you’d get in a restaurant. Don’t stop there though. Use barbecue sauce for steak, ribs or even salmon. You’ll love the way it shakes things up at mealtime.
6 Soy Sauce Takes Any Meal up a Notch
You probably sprinkle soy sauce on your rice, but that isn’t the only thing you can be doing with it. I love to combine it with honey and garlic and use it as a marinade for baked salmon. It also makes a great base for stir-fry sauces. Just keep in mind that soy sauce is fairly high in sodium so you don’t want to go overboard.
7 Sofrito is a Condiment You Need to Try Today
Sofrito is a common condiment in Spanish, Latin American and Portuguese cuisine. It’s a blend of garlic, onion, peppers and spices that often comes in jars. Much like salsa, it has a variety of uses. Spoon it onto scrambled eggs, pile it on tacos or stir it into veggie soup for some added flavor.
What’s your favorite condiment? Would you try any of these? How would you use it?