The reason I say it this way is that there is too much high fructose corn syrup and refined sweeteners in barbecue sauces and ketchups, and it all contributes to childhood (and adult) obesity.
It all adds up as we consume ketchup, barbecue sauce and the like all day every day. I think making your own sauce can be a good segway to breaking from commercialized products such these sauces and ketchups, as they have no nutritional value, and contribute to a whole host of health issues and problems.
I ran across this barbecue recipe on one of my favorite healthy eater's blogs, The Food Renegade (see sidebar), and it is such a practical, workable recipe with no weak links, that is, nothing in there that causes me concern about unhealthy nutrients that I would put in my body every day.
The original recipe can be found here, to credit the creator, but I will list it below also.
- 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
- 1 cup minced fresh onion
- 1 tbsp. naturally-fermented soy sauce
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1/3 tsp. ground chipotle chili powder
- 1 tsp. dry basil
- 1 tsp. dry oregano
- 1 6oz. can tomato paste
- 1 1/4 cups homemade beef broth
- 2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. stevia (I perfer Steet Leaf Stevia, be careful because some contain Maltodextrin, a no-no
- …….or, my perferred alternate to stevia, 1tsp of Ultimate Sweetner Birch Tree Xylitol,)
- 1 tbsp. organic raw honey
A person can make a "big batch" of barbecue sauce, and save for later. The important point is that kids and adults are gonna like good food no matter where it comes from. I think there is a tendency for the body to develop a liking for quality foods and ingredients as the body over time shifts from craving junk foods tot craving quality ingredients. Remember recipes such as this require a little more effort than going to the supermarket and grabbing the Heinz, but think of your kids, they might affect your decisions making process in your family's nutrition.
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