Bobby Flay's Go-To Healthy Ingredients

Food Network host Bobby Flay stocks his refrigerator and pantry with healthy ingredients for easy meals on busy weeknights.

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Bobby's Tip: Use Flavor, Not Fat

"Cream, butter and fat are tasty, so without those ingredients, you have to find great flavor elsewhere. I use a lot of spices, herbs and Mediterranean ingredients to make my recipes shine," Bobby says.


Bobby always keeps chickpeas in the house to make hummus for between-meal snacks. Serve a homemade or store-bought version with veggies or whole-wheat pita bread.


It's no secret that Bobby loves spicy food, and his favorite pepper is the smoky chipotle. Use the peppers and the adobo sauce they're typically canned in to add loads of flavor to marinades, meats and side dishes.

Herbs and Citrus

Fresh herbs and citrus (Bobby uses lemons, oranges, clementines and tangerines) add super low-calorie flavor to salads, main dishes and even desserts. 

Pomegranate Juice

Nutrient-packed pomegranates have tart flavor that's perfect for glazing meats, like roast turkey or ham.


Plain yogurt is a great all-purpose healthy ingredient. Dress it up with honey as a healthy snack, or use in place of mayo or sour cream in sauces.

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