TGIF – Healthier Pickies
Life in Melville has been very hectic lately and, like many of you, both Marty and I find ourselves yearning for Friday afternoon when we can finally relax.The weather is magnificent and it’s the time for getting outside. Here are a few ideas and recipes for healthier pickies options while you’r out there.
- Avocados are a wonderful source of good fats and contain nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds.
are the peak of indulgence, but really they are a great healthy treat.
If you are ok with dairy, cheese although higher in fat than I prefer, is a good source of protein (my trick is to slice with a vegie peeler – you really don’t need it any thicker for flavour) and again combine with the crudites
Olives have so many health benefits including, providing healthy fats, being a good source of vitamin E and variety of minerals
- 1 tin organic chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 2 tbsp hulled organic tahini
- cumin or coriander seeds, paprika or dried chilli
- cracked pepper
- Himalayan sea salt
- 1 c. fresh basil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 red chilis, minced
- 1/4 c. pistachios, soaked in water
- 2 c. chickpeas, boiled and drained
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 c. water
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. Fibergy Plus
- salt to taste
- Place the basil leaves, garlic and chilis in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add in the pistachios (drained), chickpeas, olive oil, water, lemon juice, Fibergy Plus and salt. Pulse until smooth.
- Place in a bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Serve with fresh vegetables, pita wedges or crackers. This is also great as a sandwich spread!
- Lamb is an excellent source of protein zinc (supports the immune system, aids wound healing and maintains healthy testosterone levels). It is also a good source of iron (needed for red blood cell production and its deficiency causes anemia) and copper (important for iron metabolism and participates in red blood cell synthesis) some minerals and trace elements. However as with all meats it also is acidic in the body so moderation.
- Processed meats contain lots of sodium and sometimes fat as well as some preservatives like nitrites. There is now convincing scientific evidence that eating processed meat increases bowel cancer risk. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has recently recommended that people avoid eating processed meat.
Cauliflower Rice Sushi
See recipe >>here<<
Gluten free, organic crackers & Organic popcorn
They are especially great for those gluten intolerant
Popcorn is a great snack choice. Don’t use the microwave version as dangerous perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in bags can deposit on corn. Just a little oil in bottom of large saucepan does the trick. Add a little salt and serve or store for healthier munchy option. You’ll get whole-grain fibre at just 64 calories per cup.
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