How To Ditch Processed Foods: Dips, Sauces, Spreads & Salsas

by lydia on March 5, 2016

One of the best steps you can take towards better health is to simply ditch processed foods and transition to real whole foods. To some, that could mean gutting your entire pantry, leaving nothing left to utilize in your kitchen, and needing to make a clean start. While for others, it could mean slowly changing out your favorite go-to items for recipes that are going to taste better and be better for you. In an effort to help those who want to take it one step at a time or dive right in, let me break it down for you in a way that makes it all more doable. I’ve previously written extensively on how to ditch processed foods and turn your kitchen into a REAL FOOD haven.

I’ve previously written extensively on how to ditch processed foods and turn your kitchen into a REAL FOOD haven. Here are those links, so you can learn more about fats/oils, meats, sweeteners, beverages, and condiments. Today, I am going to cover how to ditch all the little additions we make to our recipes and replace them with healthier store-bought options or homemade.


What’s the harm in a little bit of ketchup? Or enjoying some on-the-go hummus? Or grabbing that salsa in a jar? How can something so small really affect your health? I understand these thoughts and how so little may not seem like a lot. The problem isn’t in the little minuscule ingredients in these pre-packaged kitchen items. The problem lies in that these seemingly small amount of ingredients are in ALL of the grocery-boxed, jarred, pre-made, and grab-n-go items. What ends up happening is that you have a little bit of added sugar in your ketchup on your sandwich, even more in your salad dressing, and a ton in your salsa. Next, you know you’re way over your desired sugar intake limit that you set for yourself with your health goals. Let alone all the other additives and preservatives that are in those items, adding up and creating inflammation in your body.

The recipes below are some of my favorite staples in my house. They make our meals fun and exciting, not to mention delicious and healthy. The problem with the store-bought versions of these is that they are loaded with bad oils and all kinds of thickeners and stabilizers. Many times the labels may even say ‘all natural’ but often contain wheat or soy, and usually oils you really do not want to consume.  Making these items at home is likely the most simple thing in the world when it comes to going the REAL FOOD route. I highly recommend making these items the first thing you ditch and replace with homemade. I have yet to find a quality store-bought alternative that meets my standards or is cost-effective and easy to come by.

Dynamic Dips:

Spread It On:

It’s All About The Sauce:

Happy Gut Salsa:

Dress It Up:

If you found these recipe ideas to be helpful and inspiring, please go ahead and share them with your friends and family! Also, let me know which one you plan to try (or already have) in the comments area below.

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Kelly March 25, 2016 at 11:45 am

I love making my own condiments and cutting out all the junk in the store-bought versions. Thanks for all the recipes!

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