Sometimes eating healthy can feel like you have to forego flavor and stick to steamed veggies with a squeeze of lemon or salad with just a bit of olive oil. While at times this can be tasty, it gets boring very quickly. Here, at One Green Planet, we’re fans of finding products that allow you to get all of the yummy flavors you want while still eating healthy. And nowadays there are plenty of products that fit the bill!
Whether it’s dairy-free, salt-free, sugar-free, or simply made from organic ingredients, there are tons of healthier alternatives to all of your fave condiments. Whether it’s mayo and mustard or soy sauce and Sriracha, these condiments will add a nice touch to your cooking without completely derailing your caloric intake. Need to see it to believe it? No problem. Here are 15 healthier condiments that prove that choosing to eat cleaner foods doesn’t mean you have to empty out your fridge!
Muir Glen Organic Tomato Ketchup
Considering tomatoes are often on the list of vegetables you should always try to get organic, it makes sense to also try to get organic tomato-based condiments, like Muir Glen Organic Tomato Ketchup. This ketchup is 100 percent organic and is flavored primarily with sea salt, onion, cayenne, clove, cassia, and celery oils. It has no trans fat or cholesterol. Reviewers are reporting that this ketchup is thick, similar in taste to Heinz, and healthier than many ketchups on the market since it contains no corn syrup. To try it out for yourself, you can get one 24-ounce bottle for a little under $4.
Annie's Worcestershire Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce is a savory, fermented liquid typically made primarily with barley malt vinegar, spirit vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, and anchovies. Annie’s Worcestershire Sauce leaves out the fish but, according to reviews, keeps the flavor of traditional Worcestershire sauce intact. Instead, this organic sauce uses water, apple cider vinegar, molasses, soy sauce, and tamarind. Reviewers describe this sauce as tasty, a nice organic alternative, and just as flavorful as regular Worcestershire sauce, if not more. You can get one 6.25 bottle for a little over $3.
Woodstock Farms Sesame Tahini
Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds with a consistency similar to peanut butter. It is used commonly in Mediterranean cooking and can sometimes include salt and sugar. Woodstock Farms Sesame Tahini uses just one ingredient: organic sesame seeds. They also keep the mixture unsalted and sugar-free. Reviewers are reporting that this tahini is flavorful, not too heavy, and a healthy alternative to salted peanut butter. One reviewer also points out that the oil and tahini itself separate, so simply mix them together before using and keep on a cupboard as opposed to the refrigerator. You can get one 16-ounce jar for about $11.
Westbrae Natural Stoneground Mustard
Whether it’s for dipping soft pretzels or to drizzle over veggie dogs, it’s nice to have a yummy bottle of mustard in the fridge. Unlike traditional mustard products that are heavy in the sodium department, Westbrae Natural Stoneground Mustard skips out on the salt and instead opts for a medley of spices to give the product flavor. And according to reviews, it tastes just like regular mustard! Reviewers are also saying that this product has a smooth texture and a nice kick of spice. If you try this mustard and end up wanting more salt, you can always do as one reviewer did, and add your own. You can get one eight-ounce bottle for about $8.
Nacheez Mild Nacho Sauce
Looking for a healthier nacho cheese that is free from dairy and all of the additives processed dips usually have? If so, you should check out Nacheez Mild Nacho Sauce. This gluten-free and soy-free product is made primarily from cashews, red bell peppers, roasted green chilies, and jalapeño peppers. It is also low-calorie (each eight-ounce jar is only 140 calories), low-fat, and rich in B vitamins -6 and -12. Reviewers are liking that this sauce is made with all real ingredients, and have been using this sauce to spice up veggies, baked potatoes, broccoli, and of course, chips. You can get one jar for $10.50.
Hampton Creek Just Mayo
Mayonnaise comes in handy for all sorts of comfort food favorites. After all, what is a burger without a dollop of mustard or vegan mayonnaise, and a potato salad is simply not the same without the creaminess made possible by mayo. Hampton Creek Just Mayo is an eggless and dairy-free spread made primarily from canola oil, water, and white wine vinegar. It’s free of gluten and soy, is non-GMO, and reviewers are saying this spread tastes great “if not even better than real mayonnaise!” You can get one 30-ounce container for $11.
Follow Your Heart Horseradish Sauce
Horseradish sauce is a creamy condiment usually made from sour cream, grated horseradish, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and black pepper. Follow Your Heart Horseradish Sauce keeps most of these seasonings the same, but replaces sour cream with their dairy-free mayonnaise. One tablespoon of this soy-free and gluten-free sauce has about the same number of calories as the traditional variety, but only half of the sodium. Reviewers are saying that this sauce tastes exactly like the dairy version and have been using it on tuna salad and potato salad seamlessly. To try it out, you can get a pack of six eight-ounce jars for a little under $50.
Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often celebrated in the health community as one of the healthiest vinegars available. The healthiest kind of apple cider vinegar to get is raw, unpasteurized, and organic. A number one best seller in Amazon’s apple cider vinegar section, Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has all three of these qualities and is made from just two ingredients: raw apple cider vinegar and purified water. Reviewers have reported using this vinegar for various health benefits by mixing 1-2 tablespoons with a glass of water. There are various claims among the reviews about lowered blood sugar, decreased cravings, and weight loss. To see if the product lives up to the hype, you can get one 32-once bottle for a little over $10.
Eden Foods Tamari Soy Sauce
Want the delicious flavor of tamari but don’t necessarily want the wheat? Consider checking out Eden Foods Tamari Soy Sauce. This gluten-free and wheat-free sauce is made from water, whole organic soybeans, organic grain alcohol (to preserve freshness), and Koji, an edible fungus often used in Asian cuisines for fermentation. Reviewers are reporting that this product is a healthier alternative to store-bought soy sauces, is great quality, and has a nice full flavor. You can get one 20-ounce bottle for $15.
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard is a number one best seller in Amazon’s Dijon Mustard section. This mustard is made primarily with water, vinegar, mustard seed, salt, and white wine, and then lightly sweetened with sugar. Reviewers are reporting that this mustard has a nice balanced taste unlike many of the dijon mustards on the market today that use too much sugar. You can get one 1o-ounce bottle for a little over $7.50.
Natural Value Sriracha Chili Sauce
Sriracha is a chili sauce that adds a spicy kick to whatever dish you incorporate it into. While other Sriracha brands out there list the top two ingredients as chili and sugar, Natural Value Sriracha Chili Sauce is made primarily from red jalapeño purée and water. It also does not contain any of the additives that other brands sometimes use, such as potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfite. Reviewers are reporting that this product tastes just any other Sriracha, if not better, and are enjoying the fact that it is organic. It does have more salt than the original Sriracha, but as one reviewer points out, this is added for preservation purposes and to avoid the use of additives, and suggests using a bit less of the sauce than you would normally. You can get one 18-ounce bottle for $10.
Le Cabanon Harissa
Need more spice in your life? Harissa is a bright red paste made of hot peppers, spices, garlic, and olive oil. It is a seasoning staple in Tunisian cuisine. Le Cabanon Harissa Paste uses all of the same spices as traditional harissa and does not add any sugar to heighten the flavor. Reviewers are saying that this paste has a pleasant spiciness, is extremely versatile, and is packaged nicely in a tube that extends the use. To try it for yourself, you can get one 4.23 ounce tube for about $6.
Stubb's Original Wing Sauce
Summer cook-outs just aren’t the same without a really delicious BBQ sauce. While Stubb’s Original Wing Sauce is marketed for use on chicken wings, reviewers have also been using this spicy condiment for barbecue goodies, wraps, chilis, and pizzas. So, what’s the difference between this sauce and any other on the shelf? Well, for one, Stubb’s uses real habaneros to make the zesty mixture. Not only is it nice to know that the company is using a real ingredient, but this ensures that the condiment is, in fact, spicy, meaning you don’t have to douse your food in this sauce to get some flavor. It also uses a minimal amount of salt and sugar, letting the peppers and tomato paste do much of the work. Just be careful, reviewers are saying this sauce is pretty darn hot! To try it out for yourself, you can get a pack of six 12-ounce bottles for about $33.
Follow Your Heart Honey Mustard
When it comes to planning a meatless dinner, salads may seem like the no-brainer portion of the meal. However, what people often overlook are salad dressings! While olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a bit of salt certainly suffice, if you want to provide something unexpected for your guests (or yourself) consider investing in this pack of Follow Your Heart Honey Mustard Salad Dressing. Made with maple syrup and a delicate balance of mustard, vinegar, and pepper, this dressing can be used to dress up sandwiches or as one reviewer put it, “make a bland salad superb.” To try it out, you can get this pack of three 335-milliliter bottles for a little under $60.
Make your Latin fare a little healthier with Amy’s Salsa. This salsa has no MSG, no trans fat, no preservatives, and no unpronounceable ingredients and fillers. It comes in mild, medium, and black bean and corn. This particular Amazon posting is for the Medium variety, which is made from organic tomatoes, organic onions, jalapeño peppers, organic cilantro, organic lime juice, sea salt, organic garlic, and spices. Reviewers are saying that this salsa is fresh-tasting, zesty, and nicely textured. You can get one 14.7-ounce jar for a little over $5.50.
Make Your Own Condiments From Scratch!
Of course, if you really want to know each and every ingredient that goes into your condiments and how much, the best way is to make your own from scratch! Not only do you save money, but you can make as big of a batch as you want and store it in mason jars.
For ketchup, check out this sugar-free Homemade Ketchup. If you want something with a little more oomph, try out this Homemade Smoky Tomato Ketchup made with smoky paprika and ground black pepper. As for the mayo department, try making this Creamy Low-Fat Mayonnaise or this Homemade Mayo, made without soy or palm oil. You can also get creative and make mayo-based aiolis like this Chipotle Aioli, this Garlic Paprika Aioli, or this Cilantro Wasabi Aioli. You also need to try this Slow-Cooker BBQ Sauce and this Rhubarb BBQ Sauce.
These are just a few of the condiments One Green Planet has to offer, to see them all, check out the Condiments page.
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