Many of us use sauces regularly, but have we thought about what actually is in our sauces? Below is a quick nutrient profile breakdown of some common sauces we can buy -
kJ Fat (g) Carb (g). Sugar (g) Sodium (mg)
100 mL of Fountain: Sauces: Tomato, 515 0.1 27.5 25.6 878
100 mL of Fountain: Sauces: Smokey BBQ 842 0.1 48.2 42.2 930
100 mL of Fountain: Sauces: Satay 965 11 25.7 22.3 1310
100 mL of Fountain: Sauces: Sweet Chili 836 0.1 47.4 42.2 1085
Stand out for me was the above table - almost half the jar of BBQ and Sweet Chili sauce's are just refined sugar.
It is almost important to think, how much is 100ml, as when we use sauces we often don't use an accountability strategy of measuring our amounts.
I really do not want to support the movement of 'I quit sugar'. Carbohydrates, as a food group, are more complex than just sugar. There are over 9 different types of carbohydrates we can find in foods, but when the carbohydrate percentage is made up of mostly refined sugar, that's when we need to take notice. 1 tsp of sugar is about 4g of sugar. So in the Sweet Chili and BBQ sauce, 42g sugar / 100ml would equate to 10.5 tsps. of refined sugar in each.
Marinades - what's in a jar of a marinade?
I also did a quick comparison of some ready to buy jar sauces -
I know we need sauces. Life would be boring without FLAVOUR. But can we make flavour in a healthier way? To help us in the quest, I thought to put together some marinade ideas.
Even with the recipes below, remember never go past the traditional onion, garlic, ginger and chili for flavour or the use of spices like turmeric, cumin seeds and paprika or even just using fresh herbs (how easy is lemon and rosemary to create for your chicken dish).
Dressing / Sauces / Marinade IDEAS
Creamy Chive Dressing
1/3 cup buttermilk
60g ricotta cheese
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB chives, chopped
3 tsp capers, drained and sliced
Place buttermilk, ricotta and lemon juice into a blender, process until smooth.
Add in chopped chives, and capers. Mix with a spoon.
Great to serve with fish, especially salmon (drizzle over when serving)
4 TB fresh coriander
4 TB parsley
4 TB lemon juice
2 fresh chillies
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
Place all ingredients into a blender, process until smooth.
This keeps for a week in the fridge.
Will make enough to dress 8 fish fillets, but is nice with on all meats
Sweet Tomato Relish
10 tomatoes, diced
2 cups water
1 cup dry white wine (or Verijuice) (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB lemon zest
1 TB tumeric
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 stalks lemongrass
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes
Cool, remove lemongrass stalks.
Serve with fish and chicken
Sweet Ricotta Cream
1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
3 drops of vanilla
1 tsp jam (any flavour)
Beat all ingredients so they fluff up a little
This is great on some homemade wholemeal pancakes; a slice of sourdough bread or a slice of a nice grain bread
Can slice fruit ontop and sprinkle with cinnamon
Peanut and Lime Dressing
60ml lime juice
1 TB brown sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
35g dry roasted unsalted peanuts
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until sugar dissolves