A Saucey Subject

Cliff - Totally busted shopping for sauce.

Cliff - Totally busted shopping for sauce.

Tonight’s post is brought to you by Cliff, jack of all trades… (you know the rest…)

Everyone loves sauce, right?  No, I’m not talking about my girlfriend (but yes dear, I love you too). I’m talking about SAUCE: ketchup, mustard, teriyaki, BBQ, ranch, rémoulade (that was for you Vero), thousand island, marinara, the list goes on and on.  Sauce is great, it makes our food taste awesome and it gives us variation.  I mean, without sauce, chicken is just chicken, right?  There would be no chicken marsala, tandoori chicken, or chicken pesto.  It would all just be chicken, or  beef, or fish.  Plain, and after a while, pretty boring.

Well, sorry to say it folks, but I’m here to open your eyes a little bit about sauce.  Calm down for a minute, don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you that you can’t have any sauce.  But all too often, we get in the habit of convincing ourselves that sauce isn’t really part of the meal.  My favorite quote comes from our dear Golden: “Yeah, I eat strict paleo… well… strict paleo plus ranch”.  Which is fine, a little ranch dressing won’t kill you, but just be honest about it Golden… and while I’m at it, just be honest about everything Golden (I mean, was anyone around to witness that 520 deadlift?  I know I wasn’t).  But I digress…

As  I was saying, I’m not here to say that sauce is evil and all our foods must be eaten without seasoning.  All I want you to do is to read the label people.  Realize that sauce counts, and know what is in it before you dump it all over your food.  Or even better, make it yourself.  If your salad dressing is homemade, and composed of oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, etc, that sounds pretty darn good to me.  You know what’s in it, and you know what is going in to your body.  On the other end of the spectrum is this bottle of BBQ sauce I just pulled out of the fridge:

Serving Size: 2 TBSP
Fat: 0g
Protein: 0g
Carbs: 15g (that’s almost 2 blocks if you’re on the zone!)
Of those 15g, 12g are sugar and the first item on the ingredients is High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Or how about this bottle of ranch dressing I’m looking at?  The first 3 items on the ingredients list are Soybean Oil, Egg Yolk, and Sugar (bad enough it itself), but then it is all followed up by about 40 different things I can’t pronounce, including MSG and modified food starch.

So, the moral of the story here is simple: sauce counts.  It counts just as much as everything else on your plate.  Use it, love it, but know what’s in it.  Don’t let it ruin your diet.

Post thoughts to comments.  What’s your favorite sauce/seasoning/dressing?  Do you know what’s in it?

Workout of the Day (courtesy of Kyle):

3 x 400m sprint (SPRINT, not jog or run), 2 min rest between sprints


8 Rounds Tabata (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off):
Clean (135 lbs / 95 lbs)
True Pushups

*True Push Ups are done with both hands and feet balancing on parallets, make sure you get your chest below parallel.

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