Get Fit for Summer! Top 5 Healthy Sauces

Get Fit for Summer!

Instead of adding on extra calories from unhealthy condiments, stock your refrigerator with these top 5 healthy sauces, great for helping you Get Fit for Summer! Top a fillet of wild salmon with one of these sauces for a healthy and filling spring dinner. Serve with a salad of greens with a basic vinaigrette.

Reach for one of these healthy sauces instead of a preservative-packed, processed option to add flavor to your sandwiches, salads, and more. From fresh and summery salsa to homemade pestos, healthy sauces are a flavorful alternative to many condiments, which can add a serious amount of extra calories to your meal!

* Salsa - There are a great variety of salsas available at almost any supermarket or grocery store. However, if you want to make your own, a raw salsa crudo, that's easy too: just mince up some tomatoes, onion, fresh cilantro, and sprinkle with lime juice and your favorite hot sauce for a fast fix.

* Chutneys - Similar to a relish, chutney comes from the his Hindi-Urdu word, 'chatni,' meaning a pasty sauce. Made from fruits, vegetables, spices, and vinegar, chutneys add a delicious sweet and savory balance to your dosa, sandwiches, grilled vegetables and more! Spread a thin layer of chunky mango chutney on a whole-grain cracker and top with a cube of goat cheese for an elegant hors d'oeuvre.

* Pesto - While most of us are familiar with a basil pesto, you can make a pesto out of any herb. Originally made with a mortar and pestle, you can now combine all the ingredients for your pesto in a food processor. Experiment with parsley, cilantro, and sorrel, changing the nuts and cheeses you fold in. Try pine nuts, walnuts, or almonds for an original combination.

* Basic Vinaigrette - A little olive oil and the vinegar of your choice, balsamic or wine or other, can add incredible excitement to all types salads and sandwiches without the calories. It even includes natural fats from olive oil and sugars from the vinegar.

* Tomato sauce - A true tomato sauce doesn't include cream or butter as a base. Try Food Republic's Best Basic Tomato Sauce recipe for a great, classic taste.

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