Important Facts about Snacking (which includes drinking) plus 2 free dip recipes

 

Here are some foods that you can snack on anytime. Its not bad to snack as long as you keep your meals to the portion sizes recommended unless you are snacking a lot, then reduce the size of your meals

Remember eating small meals more regularly will result in speeding up your metabolism, just make sure its healthy foods such as

Vegetables

Artichokes, asparagus, bean sprouts, beetroot, boc choy, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chilli, chives, choko, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, green beans, lettuce, marrow, pumpkin, mushroom, onion, parsnip, peas, radishes, rhubarb, silver beetroot spinach, swedes, tomatoes, turnip, zucchini

Protein food such as Deli Items

Roast beef, turkey, chicken with the skin removed,sashimi, sushi, natural yoghurt, ricotta cheese, hard cheeses, tinned or smoked salmon, sardines, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, handful of nuts, seeds, dried fruits

Drinks

Un commercial stocks, herbal tea, un flavoured mineral water,soda water or filtered water

Condiments

Lemon, clear soup, curry powder, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, herbs, hoisin sauce, horseradish, mustard, nut butters, olive or flaxseed oil salad dressing, pickles,pesto,s, soy sauce, stock, tomato paste, neopolatana sauce house made with minimal processed sugar, soy sauce, spices, vegemite, verjuice, vinegars, wasabi, preserved lemons, limes

Why not make your own healthy snacks, here are two fantastic dip recipes just in time for the silly season

Coriander and Pecan dip
By adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids,  helping prevent coronary heart disease. Pecans also play a role in lowering cholesterol.they contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals  including vitamin A, several B vitimans, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium,  and zinc.
Coriander leaves act as stimulants and tonics for the stomach, strengthening its functions as well as promoting digestion.Researches have pointed out that coriander helps stimulate the secretion of insulin and also lowers blood sugar and there are many more benefits

Recipe produces 300 gms

Ingredients

24 stalks Coriander leaves and roots, washed and cleaned stalks  removed
160 gms Pecan nuts, roasted
40 gm Sugar Palm, grated
2 gm Garlic (peeled)
20 gm Fresh breadcrumbs
2 gm Salt and Pepper
100 ml Juice Lime
50 ml Sauce Fish

Method
Place all Ingredients except for fresh breadcrumbs in a food processor and blend
Add fresh breadcrumbs to correct consistency, add more if required or less if not required, you may need to thin with a little warm water or extra lime juice if its to thick
Season to taste

Hommus
Hommus is a middle eastern dish, tahini paste is simply ground sesame seeds so don’t be fooled by the name and if you can’t buy it, you simply make your own by putting it in a food processor. Hommus contains good fats with Omega 3, iron, Vitamin C, B6, manganese and copper.It contains folic acid, has a low glycemic value, large amount of tryptophan, phenylalanine, andtyrosine, which are mood lifters that can also lead to a more satisfying sleep. Wow!

This recipe produces 500 gms

Ingredients
350 gm Chick Peas, cook until soft in plenty of cold water and reserve cooking liquid, 60 ml Juice Lemon, 25 ml Oil Olive, 100 ml Sauce Tahini, 10gm Garlic (peeled) and finely chopped, 5 gm Salt Fine Cooking

Method

Pre soak the chick peas over night.
Blend chick peas when HOT
Add tahini, lemon juice, garlic, oil & liquid reserved from boiling peas if and as much as is required. Season to taste.

“So get in the cup board and dust the blender off, Happy Blending, the coriander and pecan recipe can be made with different herbs and nut combinations such as watercress and macadamia, basil and cashew nuts, use whats abundant”

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