Skip the refined sugar and processed oils and opt for better burger toppings for your summer BBQs. Below are 3 of the healthiest condiments to choose instead…
Summer is the season for barbecues, burgers, and backyard gatherings, and while these are a lot of fun, they’re not necessarily notorious for healthy food! In fact, even the condiments we all enjoy on our grilled goodies are pretty much bad news. Whether you opt for mayo (full of unhealthy processed oils), ketchup (packed with refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup), or barbecue sauce (even more sugar), you’re not doing your body any favors.
However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of delicious options out there that are a lot better for you. Below are three of the healthiest condiments around; substitute these for the less healthy options mentioned above, and you’ll be making a much better choice for your long-term health! (You can also make your own delicious and unique burger toppings, such as pesto or homemade pepper and olive relish.)
That’s right… mustard is absolutely one of the healthiest condiments! First, it has no added sugar. Also, mustard seed itself is a source of powerful antioxidants. In addition to the antioxidants in the mustard seed, most yellow mustards also contain turmeric (one of the healthiest anti-cancer spices) and paprika, which both contain powerful antioxidants as well!
I know, I know… when do I ever stop talking about avocados and guacamole. Sorry, it’s one of my favorite foods, and I eat avocados or guac just about every single day. At this point, I don’t think I need to explain why gauc is healthy, as I think everybody knows this by now… but a quick recap: lots of healthy fats (that satisfy your appetite and regulate hormone balance), lots of fiber, and plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
And creamy guac just makes anything taste better! I put it on eggs, on burgers, on chicken or fish, or just eat it with veggie sticks. It also adds some nice richness to meatless burgers as well. If you buy pre-made guac from the store, just be sure to check the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t have added trans fats or other artificial ingredients. But it’s so simple and fast to make fresh guac, I don’t know why anybody would buy pre-made guac.
Although ketchup was on the unhealthy list due to the sugar content, salsa makes the super healthy list as it almost never has added sugars if you get a good brand. Salsa is mostly just vegetables so it’s hard to go wrong. I like it on my morning eggs for variety sometimes. I also like to mix salsa half and half with guac for a delicious party treat!
And if you’re a ketchup lover and want to reduce your sugar intake, just try salsa instead for a much healthier option. Trust me… salsa on a burger is just as delicious as ketchup on a burger.