How to Spice Up Your Food With Very Few Calories

One of the hardest parts about eating healthy is the boredom. The same old foods. The same old flavors. There’s very little room for something new and exciting … or so we think. The truth is that eating healthy can be fun, delicious, and even a little bit exciting. To spice up your menu and life, check out these low-cal options for a little spice and a lot of flavor.

Sriracha Sauce

This little condiment is spicy! Really, really spicy! It’s a red sauce, similar to Tabasco, generally found in the Asian food aisle. It’s vinegar based, and also contains garlic, chili peppers, sugar, and salt. It has a distinct flavor that might take a little getting used to, but most people who like spicy foods find it enjoyable. The good part is that it only contains about five calories per serving. The bad part about this hot dish is that it is high in sodium. Luckily, this dish is so hot, it will only take a serving or two before your mouth is burning and your dish is spicier than ever.

Cocktail Sauce

If you’re having shrimp, or really any type of seafood, spice it up with some cocktail sauce. This condiment is made from horseradish, which is a bit spicy on its own. You can have about a quarter-cup, and you’ll only be consuming around 75 calories. It definitely has a little bite to it, but for most people it’s just enough flavor to make the meal interesting without burning their mouths to a crisp.


This spice is hot, so be prepared. Most likely, you’ve already been introduced to cayenne at one point or another. If not, it’s definitely time to add it to your spice rack. Cayenne is made by grounding the cayenne pepper into a fine, dust-like substance. You can sprinkle it on top of your foods or add it to the recipe during the cooking process. Take it slowly and taste test between shakes so that you don’t get more spice than you bargained for.

Eating a healthy diet can be easy and packed full of flavor if you’re willing to go out of your comfort zone a little bit. Spice it up and keep it interesting with any or all of these options. The more delicious your menu, the more likely you are to stick with your healthy diet long-term.

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