I’ve been eating healthy since November 2009 when I first started my fitness journey. Since changing my eating habits, I’m constantly in search of healthier ways to enjoy the foods I love. Here are some substitutes for mayo I’ve made that help me stay fit and healthy while enjoying my favorite foods.
Plain Yogurt – When making tuna, chicken or shrimp salad, use 1 part low fat mayo and 1 part fat free plain yogurt. You still get the taste and creaminess of mayo with half the fat and calories.
Hummus – I’ve grown to love hummus and experiment with all the different varieties on the market. Hummus is made from chickpeas which are high in fiber and protein and is a tasty and healthy alternative to mayo. It’s become a staple in my diet in place of mayo for sandwiches, wraps and bagels, and as a healthy dip for raw veggies or whole grain crackers.
Make your own hummus:
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 Tbsp. tahini
- Salt to taste
Put first four ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until chickpeas are mashed. Then add tahini and mix again for about a minute. Spread and enjoy!
For more information on the health benefits of hummus, check out the WebMD article Hummus: How Healthy Is It?