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Healthy Zesty Condiments (part two)

04 Apr

As promised, the second list of healthy delicious condiments is finally here!

Hummus; Naturally this one ends up on my list. I serve this with flackers at every single demo we do and who does not like hummus? Hummus, which is made with chickpeas, tahini (optional), garlic, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, is easily one of the healthiest tastiest creamiest condiments I know that goes with just about everything and makes anything it lands on taste creamier and terribly good. Hummus can be eaten alone or on a cracker, flacker, piece of vegetable, chip or any other type of edible scooped or flat delivery thing that makes you happy. It is simply the best, most fabulously healthy rich addition to any snack.

If you make it yourself, and this is easy, especially if you have a food processor, use only the finest organic ingredients and extra virgin olive oil. The store-bought versions can sometimes be deceiving in terms of their healthy nature because the oils they use are questionable; soy oils, vegetables oils are often used to keep the price down but they are not as good for you, so buyer beware. So be a label reader and find a brand that uses good extra virgin olive oil.

Pesto; Ahhh pesto, how much do I love thee, let me count the ways! Pesto is a generally a macerated mix of basil, garlic, pine nuts, basil, olive oil, and grated cheese.  It’s a great source of healthy fats and also powerful antioxidants, mostly from the garlic and basil, but to some extent from the pine nuts and olive oil too. I like to use walnuts because then I am also adding omega-3 fatty acids and I generally avoid the cheese but that’s just me. I also will add kale leaves or spinach to my blender when mixing these items to get more antioxidants vitamins and minerals with each delicious scoop.

And finally, one of my ultimate favorites….hot sauce!  This is my addiction for sure, I love cayenne, black pepper, wasabi, anything to spice it up, I am for it all! And actually, hot sauce is, or can be, quite healthy and good for you while adding zing to almost anything.  Hot peppers, namely capsaicin, is actually fairly good for you, known in holistic medicine to increase circulation and to help heal stomach ulcers if you can believe that! Hot spices can even cause a slight and temporary metabolism increase.  The only drawback to most hot sauces is that some contain sugar, bad, and others have a moderately high amount of sodium, also can be bad if you are using too much a lot of the time, which for most people, not a problem.

So now you know my top choices of zesty, healthy condiments. Next time you are looking for that little something extra to add to your dish, don’t be afraid to indulge in one of these tasty additions. If you have a recipe for any of the above that you would like to share, please send I am always interested in new palate adventures!

Enjoy!.

recipes I like:

Hummus:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cumin-curried-hummus-10000000780414/

Pesto:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pesto-recipe/index.html

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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