Did you know that jar you pick up in the supermarket is nowhere close to being healthy mayonnaise?
Next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up a jar and read the ingredients list on the back. If you’re looking at a list of numbers instead of a list of whole foods (which you will be, 99.9% of the time), put that jar straight back down!
Now buy the following ingredients instead! Or, maybe you even have everything you need in your kitchen already. And then you can make this delicious, health-giving recipe in 10 minutes or less!
Healthy Mayonnaise: The Details
All you need for this super simple, super healthy mayonnaise are seven whole-food ingredients. Let’s check them out!
1. Egg Yolks
Eggs are actually a health food!
They have a bad reputation for being too acid-forming and containing a high amount of cholesterol. But, all high protein foods are acid-forming if you don’t balance them out with alkaline-forming fruits and vegetables. And eating cholesterol doesn’t necessarily mean that your blood levels of cholesterol will spike.
Cholesterol metabolism is a bit more complex than that.
So, egg yolks are a great source of protein. And some cholesterol. But, they also contain:
- B-group vitamins
- vitamin A
- vitamin D
Altogether, their reputation deserves an overhaul because, as you can see, egg yolks are full of nutrients.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a perennial favorite among health enthusiasts.
The acid pH of vinegar works as a digestive aid if your stomach isn’t producing enough of its own acid. Having correct stomach acidity is important for stimulating digestion.
Like all acids, ACV contributes to digestion by breaking down food particles so that your body has less work to do to get it to the point where it can extract single nutrients for use.
ACV is also probiotic, being a naturally fermented product.
From its humble beginning as apple juice, it’s fed yeast to turn the sugar into alcohol. This is the cider part. It’s then fermented a second time with beneficial bacteria, turning the alcohol into acid.
So, by the time it reaches your mayonnaise, it doesn’t resemble apple juice much at all! Some of the bacteria stay alive even after it’s been bottled, giving you a unique gut-health boost every time you use it.
Learn More: Apple Cider Vinegar and Your Health
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is similar to ACV in its acidity and the way it can stimulate digestion. But lemons aren’t fermented! Their natural citric acid content is strongest when they’re fresh.
4. Dijon Mustard
Dijon mustard first came from the town of Dijon in France, where it’s been made from a traditional recipe for hundreds of years. Your Dijon mustard might be made somewhere else, but if it has the word Dijon on it, you can expect that it’s been made in the traditional style.
Dijon style means it has crushed mustard seeds as well as white wine or wine vinegar. We’ve already talked about the benefits of vinegar!
Mustard itself has a warming, slightly spicy flavor that comes from the unique plant chemicals it contains. These are known as mustard oil glycosides and they’re potently antioxidant. In fact, they’re so incredible, they’re being studied for their potential use in cancer treatments.
This is a delightful herb with a strong scent. Rosemary’s scent and its health benefits come from its essential oil content. The oil itself is a complex blend of over 50 different chemicals, which are antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant.
6. Avocado Oil
Oil extracted from fresh avocado fruit is a light green color with a fresh, grassy flavor.
Around 70% of avocado oil is health-giving oleic acid, an omega-9 oil, which positively impacts cholesterol levels and heart health. It also contains an antioxidant called lutein which is good for your eyes.
Like all healthy oils, avocado is great for your skin, softening it and locking in moisture.
7. Cayenne Pepper
Spicy cayenne is warming and stimulating. It increases circulation and contains an antioxidant called capsaicin. Capsaicin is known to boost metabolism, relieve pain, improve psoriasis and may even be able to protect against cancer.
- Electric Whisk (we recommend the Oxa Smart 4-in-1 Immersion Blender) OR
- Hand Whisk (we recommend Ouddy Balloon Stainless Steel Whisks)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp freshly pressed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp fresh or dried rosemary
- 1 cup avocado oil
- Sprinkle of powdered cayenne pepper
- Pink salt, to taste (usually around 1/4 tsp)
- Place all ingredients, except the avocado oil, into a bowl.
- Using an electric whisk (or hand whisk, if it’s all you have), beat the mixture until well blended.
- Add the oil a few drops at a time, whisking well in between.
- Enjoy your guilt-free healthy mayonnaise!
So, as you can see, our healthy mayonnaise is full of goodness. And even more importantly, it doesn’t contain any artificial preservatives, flavors or coloring. Make it with fresh ingredients and use within 7 days for optimum nutritional value.
We think this recipe is absolutely delicious — and way better than anything processed from the store!
Let us know in the comments if you agree!