Some Store-Bought Hummus and Tzatziki
In general, hummus and tzatziki can be two of the healthiest toppers out there — as long as they’re made with healthy ingredients rather than cheap vegetable oils. Both contain protein and healthy fats (a rare quality for condiments, according to Jalali) — making them an ideal dip for veggies or as a spread. But watch out for certain store-bought hummus and tzatziki, or the kind used at restaurants. “Unfortunately, many store-bought or restaurant tzatzikis use sour cream or mayo in addition or in place of yogurt, which can dramatically increase the calories,” says Jalali.
You can try making your own (Jalali says it’s even easier to make than hummus) — with strained yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, lemon, garlic, and herbs. The same goes for hummus: “Organic tahini, good olive oil, organic chickpeas, garlic, and lemon are all you to make hummus. But look at the label of any store-made hummus, and it is full of vegetable oil, gums, and preservatives,” says Jalali. So both make “a healthy, great source of probiotics [and] protein if made properly using quality ingredients,” Jalali says. “Or it can be a fancy name for lemon-herbed mayo.”Back to top