Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CN – Our most popular condiment, ketchup seems like an innocent addition to our burger or to accompany our sweet potato fries, right? Well, it’s pretty full of sugar and sodium. Per tablespoon, ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar and 190 milligrams of sodium. Four grams of sugar may not seem like much, but all of it comes from added sugar rather than the natural sugar found in tomatoes.
Instead, make your own! It’s surprisingly easy, tasty and nutrition-packed with this homemade ketchup recipe.
- Sun-dried tomatoes: like tomatoes, they’re full of the powerful antioxidant lycopene
- Apple cider vinegar: can keep blood sugar in check and even amp up weight loss
- Raisins: when not overconsumed, raisins are a concentrated source of energy, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals
- Sea salt: rich in trace minerals (it’s difficult these days to get enough trace minerals from the foods we eat due to the lack of nutrient-rich soil)
How to Make Homemade Ketchup
You’ll be shocked to find out how easy it is to make your own ketchup. First, soak the sun-dried tomatoes for at least two hours in order to soften them up. Drain them after time’s up.
Next, simply add the drained tomatoes, vinegar, raisins, onion powder and salt to a power blender or food processor. Blend on high, adding a little bit of water to help blending and increase the creaminess of the texture.
Serve immediately or refrigerate. It will keep for at least a week.