(Katrina- You can skip this blog. Nothing here pertains to you! J)
I love mayonnaise! (See, Kat, I told you not to read.) I control my passion and do NOT put it on French fries or pizza or do anything crazy like the woman I saw on television who carries little packets in her purse. Yep, opens them up and sucks it down as a treat! Yikes! However, I‘ve never found a pasta salad or deviled egg or much of anything else that includes mayo that I won’t at least taste.
For those of you who don’t know Katrina that well, she hates the white stuff! In fact she hates almost anything you can add to or put on top of food. We used to wait an eternity at McDonald’s so she could have a “plain cheeseburger”. And once we went on a picnic and I forgot to make her a plain sandwich. (I’ll bet she can tell you the place and date!)
There was a time in my life when I even made my own mayo because the taste and texture was so much better. I’m too busy, or maybe just too lazy, to do that anymore.
I also like mustard and ketchup and BBQ sauce and salad dressing and lots of other “toppings, condiments, sauces, etc. So I thought I would investigate the dangers of adding too much “stuff” to our foods. The following items are all currently in my refrigerator and being used at least weekly. I didn’t include anything sweet because, believe it or not, we don’t add anything sweet to our food except syrup on pancakes and occasionally some honey on a biscuit. I don’t even have honey in the cupboard right now. And I didn’t worry about anything that can be sprinkled because, again, we don’t use anything except pepper.
I know what I use and when. I also see from the list that I could make some better choices and use less of some items or use them less often. But I’m not giving up mayo. And I’m not going to use the fat free mayo. Been there, tried that. A woman has to have some indulgences.
Mayo- 1 T, 90 calories, 10g fat, 0g sugar, 90mg sodium
Hot Spicy Mayo (Gary’s choice)- 1T, 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g sugar, 85mg sodium
Yellow mustard- 1 tsp., 0 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugar, 60mg sodium
Spicy mustard- 1 tsp., 10 calories, 0g fat, 1g sugar, 50mg sodium
Brown mustard- 1 tsp., 5 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugar, 120mg sodium
Horseradish sauce- 1 tsp., 15 calories, 1.5g fat, 1g sugar, 40mg sodium
Salad dressing- 2 T
Caesar- 130 calories, 12g fat, 1g sugar, 380mg sodium
Asian- 60 calories, 3g fat, 6g sugar, 320mg sodium
Italian- 60 calories, 6g fat, 2g sugar, 310mg sodium
Ranch- 120 calories, 13g fat, 2g sugar, 250mg sodium
Red Hot sauce- 1 tsp., 0 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugar, 200mg sodium
Worcestershire sauce- 1 tsp., 0 calories, 0g fat, 1g sugar, 65mg sodium
Soy sauce- 1 tsp., 10 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugar, 920mg sodium
Ketchup- 1 T, 20 calories, 0g fat, 4g sugar, 190mg sodium
BBQ sauce- 2 T, 60 calories, 0g fat, 13g sugar, 460mg sodium
Salsa- 2 T, 10 calories, 0g fat, 2g sugar, 240mg sodium
Butter- 1 T, 100 calories 11g fat, 0g sugar, 95mg sodium
Soft margarine (with olive oil)- 1 T, 60 calories, 6.5g fat, 0g sugar, 45mg sodium
Sour cream (light)- 2 T, 2.5g fat, 2g sugar, 25mg sodium
Cream cheese (soft, tub)- 2 T, 90 calories, 9g fat, 1g sugar, 125mg sodium