Hummus is one of my favourite snacks because it is easy to make, tastes delicious, and it’s a great source of protein. I try to eat protein with every meal, including snacks, because it helps to keep my blood sugars balanced. My favourite foods to eat with hummus are carrots, cucumber and celery, so it’s also a great way to get more veggies into my body! I also love that there are so many different ways to make hummus that result in such a variety of tasty flavours. This recipe for Pumpkin Hummus is from my wonderful Holistic Nutritionist, Kathrin Brunner, and it has quickly become a staple in my lunch bag!
Dates are a fruit from the date palm. Medjool Dates, AKA the “King of Dates” are a soft, large variation of date that are sweet with a caramel-like flavour. They’ve traditionally been grown in North Africa and the Middle East, but are now grown in North America, specifically California.
Most people enjoy Medjool dates because they satisfy your sweet tooth while also being good for you. In moderation of course, because these sweet little morsels do have a high natural sugar content. Here are some of the nutrients and health benefits linked to Medjool dates:
Easy to digest – which means its nutrients are easier for your body to absorb
High in fibre – Specifically soluble fibre, which helps to maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, also softens stool 🙂
Source of copper – An essential trace metal in your body. Aids in the absorption and use of iron, maintains normal brain and red blood cell function
Selenium – Helps immune functioning, linked to cancer prevention and contains 23 types of amino acids
Vitamin B6– 6% of the suggested daily intake with just 2 dates
High in Potassium – Potassium helps to maintain heart rate and blood pressure. Bite for bite you’re getting 3X the amount of potassium with a date vs. a banana!
Medjool dates have been linked to several other health benefits, Google away and you can find additional sources and information.
If you’re interested in purchasing Medjool dates, you can find them at most supermarkets. Our local Whole Foods sells small containers of organic dates in their prepackaged section. That’s where I bought the dates I used in this Rawnola Recipe. If you don’t have a Whole Foods near you, we’ve also purchased Natural Delights dates from other supermarkets. They have a store locator on their website that shows where you can pick up these little bites of heaven!
Tacos are awesome because you basically just dump in a bunch of delicious toppings, then pick it up and DEVOUR it! But depending on what fillings you choose, your taco may not be the healthiest… However, if the shell of your taco is a leaf of lettuce, you know you are headed in the right direction. Then all you have to do is fill it with toppings that make both your taste buds and your body happy, like these roasted chickpeas!
Roasted chickpeas are awesome because you can eat them alone as a delicious and satisfying snack, or you can add them to many different meals (like this pizza, salad, pasta or wraps) as a way to add flavour, texture, fiber and protein!
I made these quinoa and wild rice stuffed acorn squash for a family dinner and it was a nice hearty but healthy alternative to our typical family veg-out sessions. You’re getting magnesium from the pumpkin seed, vitamin C and fibre (among other things) from the squash and it’s a complete protein meal because of the quinoa. You can also swap out the goat cheese for Daiya or nutritional yeast if you’re not down with the dairy.
After I made fermented ketchup, I needed to make something to eat it with! I was going to make regular french fries, but I decided to try something new, and ended up with these crispy turmeric baked potato chips!
Turmeric is flavourful and good for you! The golden coloured spice is said to contain a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is fat-soluble, so to aid in its absorption it is important to eat it with some form of tasty fat! The oil that is added to these chips does just the trick!
I felt like having pancakes for dinner, and I wanted to try out a new recipe from our book of the month, Joyous Health, so I decided to give her Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes a try – only problem was, I didn’t have any coconut flour! I did however have almond flour… I had no clue if the two could be substituted for each other, but I decided to give it a try.