So, since the last time I wrote about switching out a food item for a healthier version, did you? Or, was chocolate syrup maybe not your thing? Since we covered the sweet last time, how about the savory today?
Enter Ketchup. I mean, its God's gift to the world for the modern era. What do we not put ketchup on? It's on burgers, hash, eggs, sausage, fries, steak, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and yes.. even burritos. I blame my sister for that one. Still not a fan. The list can go on and on, and when you start to use ketchup as an ingredient like in a marinade or sauce, it gets even longer.
However, if you are like me and probably like the other 90% of people who use it as a finishing or dipping sauce, you smother what ever you are eating with that bad boy. That's right. I SAID BAD. Now, you might be thinking, "Riley, there is only 3.7g of sugar in a tablespoon of ketchup, that isnt bad."
Well... Do you take me for a fool? We all use way more than a tablespoon. A couple generous tablespoons normally. Our food is swimming in it, or even to the point when its ketchup with a side of what ever you were originally supposed to be eating! Honesty is the best policy after all and all that sugar starts adding up quick!
Enter Sugar Free Ketchup by G Hughes. This stuff is a Godsend! Especially if you like flavor and want to maintain a lower carb lifestyle.
It was about four years ago I started looking for alternatives to ketchup. I was already cutting the excess sugar out of my diet and also working more on portion control. Did I really need to lather my burgers in ketchup? Not really. Go back a few years more, and alternatives weren't really an option. I even looked up a recipe by Chef John for making ketchup and he was like, "seriously, go and buy a bottle, this is way too much work." So I did.
When I originally went Keto I replaced salsa for ketchup. However, the problem was not everything goes with salsa and I needed my fix! At first I tried Heinz No Sugar Added Ketchup and I quite liked it! The problem... Stephen didn't. He said it was too overly sweet. So when I started looking for other alternatives, I picked up a bottle of Sugar Free Ketchup by G Hughes. The 1g of carbs hit the mark and the fact it was sugar free and had no High Fructose Corn Syrup; a plus! Now some of you might be like, "but it has sucralose!" Listen, I know her, and we are friends. Great friends! THE BEST!
And, what I liked about this particular brand the most is that Stephen likes it as well! It isn't overly sweet at all. In fact, I would say it tastes like a gourmet ketchup you get at some ritzy fine dining restaurant. You know, the kind you get taken to when someone is trying to impress you and the mood lighting is all low and everything looks scrum-diddly-umptious. Seriously, that is my opinion and completely unsponsored. I love this stuff! I even have backup bottles in the pantry just in-case my hand gets too liberal with the pour. Which leads me to my only advice when using. This isn't as thick as regular ketchup, so pour with a delicate hand. I have used this stuff from burgers and eggs, to marinades and fry sauces. Definitely a winner in this house.
So, if you are looking to start that move to healthier options and looking to switch it out, try G Hughes Sugar Free Ketchup. At around $4 a bottle, you can find it at almost any grocery store or online. It's definitely worth the savory flavor investment in your food and your wellness, or as the bottle says, "Guilt & Sugar Free". Till next time!