Mayo may be one of the most versatile condiments ever created, but it’s also one of the unhealthiest. Traditional mayonnaise is loaded with bad fat, cholesterol and sodium, and only 1 tablespoon has about 90 calories. If you’re going to devote 90 calories to a condiment, shouldn’t it at least be good for you? One of the biggest challenges folks face when adopting a healthier diet is giving up condiments and the foods that require accoutrements. Well, if you’re ready to end your friendship with mayo, you have a lot of exciting alternatives to try out.
>Cashew Mayo – It may seem strange that a nut can be used as mayo, but the versatility of cashews is unbelievable. They can be used to make everything from cheesecake to a creamy soup base, and of course, they can also be used to make a healthy and flavorful mayo. You can make it yourself in minutes. Blend 1 cup soaked raw cashews, 1/4 cup vegetable broth and 2 tablespoons squeezed lemon juice until creamy. Season with salt, or for a unique flavor, add rosemary, thyme, tarragon, or dill. Not sure if you’ll like cashew mayo? Try a Lunchbox Salad Collard Wrap from Organic Avenue. It has carrots, broccoli, almonds, dried cranberries and cashew mayo wrapped in a collard leaf.
>Guacamole – You can make guacamole with avocado, diced tomato and red pepper, juice from lime or lemon, and a pinch of pepper. Alternately, you can just smash an avocado and add a bit of sea salt and pepper for a creamy spread or dip.
>Hummus – This is a great mayo-substitute for the health conscious. Chickpeas are loaded with fiber, protein and vitamins. Store bought varieties often contain extra oil and salt, so make your own when you can.
>Coconut Yogurt – Craving a mayo-based dish like coleslaw or potato salad? As an alternative, blend plain coconut yogurt with olive oil. You can also add dill or garlic powder for a hint of spice.
>Tahini – Many think tahini is just an ingredient in hummus, but it’s delicious enough to stand on its own. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and loaded with nutrients. You can use it plain, or puree it with lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper.
>Mustard – Your best mustard options are going to be from organic and non-GMO brands. The vinegar in mustard helps lower blood sugar, while the turmeric boasts excellent antioxidant properties.
>Vegan Mayo – If you are looking for something easy to keep on-hand, check out a vegan mayo alternative. Vegenaise is a popular one made from brown rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Look for the soy-free version made with pea protein. Just Mayo is another clean alternative to the traditional brands.
>Pesto – A little basil and olive oil can really do amazing things for a cracker or sandwich. You can also get creative and swap the basil for arugula for a zestier flavor.
>Tzatziki – For a Mediterranean-inspired flavor, you can’t beat Tzatziki, a dip made from yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Use plain coconut yogurt for a healthier, plant-based version.