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Healthy Snackin Chicks

 I am always looking for crunchy healthy snacks that are low in carbs, high in protein and not laden with bad oils. This is why I originally created flackers. Having said that, a girl needs alternatives and choices, right? There is always room for other healthy snack food, here is my second favorite: high in fiber, protein and a good healthy alternative to chips…popped chickpeas…yum!

Popped Chickpeas –

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 can of chickpeas, drained

Your favorite spices to taste

 Directions

Sauté the chickpeas in the olive oil until they pop. Sprinkle with your favorite spices to taste. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Sprout your own edible seeds this weekend…YUM!

Need a great, easy, fun weekend little project with a high rate of gratification and sensory return? Try sprouting your own sunflower seeds this weekend. It is easy, yummy and in the end a tasty, super healthy treat.

So How To Sprout? Easy!! I soak my seeds overnight, drain them of the water the next day and place in a collander. I keep mine in the collander and water them twice a day until I literally see then sprout, they will look like they have a little tail. Do not keep them in the water, just rinse them twice a day. If you home is warm within a few hours the sprouting process actually begins, the tail, however,may take a few days to form. Then I season them as desired, salt, yeast, smoked paprika or BBQ spicing, or curry, whatever I like on that given day, then place in the dehydrator and 24 hours later, voila! Ready for your palate pleasure.

Just so you know, I love sprouting my seeds and nuts and grains because the health benefits are tremendous and when I then dehydrate them they make super healthy crunchy yummy snacks ideal for those who are on the go but still want high quality easy to eat super nutritious foods.

So why sprout you ask? The process of sprouting or germination fundamentally changes the nutrient composition of any seed. Nutrients such as enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins are substantially increased and become more bioavailable, allowing for better absorption. For example, sprouting doubles the antioxidant (ORAC) value of flaxseeds. The “anti-nutrients” such as phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and insoluble fibers are decreased, again allowing for increased bioavailability and nutrient absorption. Dehydration then ensures minimal loss of taste and more importantly preservation of these fragile enzyles and nutrients that can be lost with cooking.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Healthy, zesty, yummy condiments (part one)

I am a condiment fanatic especially when it comes to hot sauces and mustards. But store-bought condiments, if not careful, can add some pretty hefty calories to your meal. Some have  a lot of added sugar or even worse corn syrup while others are laden with very unhealthy ingredients, additives, preservatives and taste boosters like evil MSG, so beware.

On the other hand, some are super healthy and can add nutrition to your every meal. Here are my favorite picks for the healthiest condiments for a lean energetic body: (And by the way, if you have a favorite and a recipe, I would love for you to share it!)

 

1. Guacamole

If you know me you are probably thinking of course she has this one on the top of her list. It is my bring to your party staple as Guacamole is seriously one of my favorite foods. Not only does it go fabulously well on flackers but it is seriously healthy and yummy, so why not indulge?   Avocados are filled with healthy fats that satisfy your appetite and regulate sugar balance, insulin and hormones. They also are filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And lets face it creamy guacamole makes everything taste just a tad bit better! I love making my own cause I can make it super spicy and garlicky but if you chose to buy yours pre-made just be mindful to read the ingredients. Make sure it doesn’t have added trans fats, bad oils, preservatives or other artificial ingredients.

3. Salsa

Salsa, another perfect complement to almost everything and it has no added sugar, unlike ketchup which makes this dip super healthy.  Salsa, if made right , is mostly just vegetables and some herbs and spices. It goes great with guacamole, eggs, salads, chips, flackers, tofu, you name it! It is the perfect ketchup replacement as well.

3. Mustard

That’s right… mustard is absolutely one of the healthiest condiments!  First, it has no added sugar.  Also, mustard seed itself is a source of powerful antioxidants.  In addition to the antioxidants in the mustard seed, most yellow mustards also contain turmeric, a wonderful super antiinflammatory and powerful antioxidants herb. So go for the mustard!

So for  a zestier lunch today add a little something extra to your meal, try some salsa or guac or mustard and while your taste buds expand and explode with new flavors you can also enjoy knowing that your waist will not!

To your health!

 

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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