What's in Your Refrigerator?
Updated: Feb 4
Condiments are a huge trap for sugar and unhealthy inflammatory ingredients. These are the things we really don't think about much but many of us use alot of condiments on our food to enhance the flavor. So what is healthy? It is all about the ingredients. Just because we think we use 'a little bit' - if something is inflammatory (think Drano) a little bit is going to cause harm too. So here is what is in my fridge:
Organicville Catsup or Catsup sweetened with only honey. Many of the catsup have unhealthy sugar substitutes which I do my best to stay away from.
Mayonnaise - This is one that I many times make myself as it is only eggs, vinegar and a healthy oil which I use avocado oil. Hellman's has an avocado oil mayo but has canola oil, corn starch and many preservatives in it. My go to already made mayo is Chosen Foods, Primal Kitchen, Better Body Food or sometimes the Sir Kensington Avocado Mayo without sugar.
Salad Dressing. For me, I used organic oils (some flavored) and balsamics from either Genesis Kitchen or Oh Olive. I also have been using the I also make my own Italian dressing. For any store bought, I buy Sir Kensington Ranch. They have other flavors and all I say is to look at the INGREDIENTS. Salad dressings are notorious to have unhealthy oils or the dreaded sugar.
Mustards: Well this one should be easy - who puts sugar in mustard, right? Wrong. This one you have to watch as well. We eat alot of organic horseradish mustard but this is a bit easier to find so no pics here.
BBQ sauce. This is something I make myself with good catsup, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar and seasoning. Primal Kitchen is the only one that I know of that is unsweetened and with good ingredients. Most others that say no sugar have unhealthy sugar subs. I am sure there are more out there but it takes some searching.
Soy Sauce: So I am not a fan of soy sauce. Soy is one of the highly inflammatory foods these days. So instead of soy sauce, I use Coconut aminos or Braggs Aminos. These both have some of the flavor of soy sauce without the inflammation.
I hope this is helpful. Finding healthy substitutes for the items you use on a daily basis and that have just been a habit, is change and requires diligent label reading. These items can be found on line such as Amazon or in grocery stores such as Jewel/Albertson, Woodman's, Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Costco, etc.