Pomegranate Hummus

Chickpeas are boiled, mashed, and mixed with few ingredients to make hummus. Chickpeas’ fiber, protein, iron, and B vitamins make hummus a satisfying and nutritious dip! Hummus can serve as a dip or spread that is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and can be a common food for those with food allergies. Are you a fan of hummus? Try this amazing recipe!

Pomegranate hummus: Developed by Alex Caspero

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 2 drops hot sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Place chickpeas, garlic cloves, tahini, salt, lemon, hot sauce, and 1 tablespoon of pomegranate juice in a food processor. Process until the hummus is pureed.
  2. Scoop the hummus into a bowl and top with 3 tablespoons of pomegranate juice. Using a knife, swirl in the juice.
  3. Top with pomegranate seeds.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 74; Total Fat: 5g; Sat. Fat: 1g; Chol.: 0mg; Sodium: 95mg; Carb: 6g; Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 2g; Potassium: 82mg; Phosphorus: 63mg

For more great Recipes visit Alex’s awesome website: http://delicious-knowledge.com/

Can We Really Call This “Stuff” Food?

I was just on http://www.buzzfeed.com (awesome website by the way!) and happened to come across a link to 12 fast food items that have a disgusting amount of ingredients.

Here’s a quick breakdown for you..

  1. Dunkin Donuts pumpkin pie donut — around 50 different ingredients (you may want to rethink your “sweet tooth” on this one!)
  2. Burger King french toast sticks — 82 different ingredients (think again when you’re craving a breakfast food, you’re better off making your own french toast!)
  3. McDonald’s filet-o-fish — 101 different ingredients (think you’re making the right choice by choosing fish? Think again…)
  4. Taco Bell’s Doritos loco taco — 72 different ingredients (if only they advertised all the ingredients on this new product in their commercials.. maybe it wouldn’t be so popular!)
  5. Subway Italian sub — 95 different ingredients (we might think that we’re making a healthy choice going with Subway.. I mean come on, Jared Fogle lost so much weight from eating sandwiches from here!)
  6. Starbucks birthday cake pop — 60 different ingredients (what a great present to give someone for their birthday… a cake pop filled with massive amounts of ingredients.. enjoy that for a birthday present why don’t ya!)
  7. McDonald’s chicken Caesar salad — 69 different ingredients (hmm… who knew a salad could have SO MANY ingredients?!)
  8. KFC pot pie — 208 different ingredients!! (but it’s not fried…)

So, you might want to think again when you go into a fast food restaurant! Even though something may be lower in calories or look like a healthier choice, look closer at the ingredients listed on a food product. Do your research. This is your body, your child’s body. We only get one body to live in. Why wouldn’t we feed it the nutrients it needs? Don’t give in to temptation and advertisements. Stick to simple, fresh, wholesome foods. We don’t need all of this “fake” food to survive.

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Blueberry Banana Pancakes, Only 3 Ingredients!

Do you enjoy pancakes in the morning? Are you a fan of blueberries and bananas? Instead of indulging in a high calorie breakfast of regular pancakes, try this recipe out! This recipe only requires 3 ingredients.. can it get any easier?!

  1. 1 large banana
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 1 handful blueberries

Directions:

  • Peel and slice the banana
  • Mash the banana and the egg
  • Mix until fully combined
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat
  • Fill 1/4 cup with the pancake mix
  • Add 5-7 blueberries
  • Cook until lightly brown

What do you think? Do you have any healthy recipes you would like to share?

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For more information on this recipe: http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/38657925508

Sweet Treat In The Heat!

Here’s a healthy dessert I came across on Pinterest: Watermelon Strawberry Mint Popsicles

“These low-calorie watermelon strawberry mint popsicles are sweet, refreshing, and, with only three ingredients, a cinch to make.”

INGREDIENTS- Makes about 8 popsicles

4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon (about half a medium melon)
12 fresh mint leaves
10 large strawberries (leave four whole and cut the rest into bite-size chunks)

DIRECTIONS

1. Blend watermelon, mint leaves, and four whole strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Put a few chunks of strawberries in the bottom of each popsicle mold. Fill halfway with watermelon mixture and then add a few more strawberries to each mold. Fill almost to the top with the mixture and place the sticks on top.

3. Freeze for at least three hours and enjoy!

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Steps To Cut Out Processed Foods

Sometimes it’s good for our bodies to cut out processed foods every once in awhile. It’s easier to take small steps rather than doing it all at once. Here are some great tips by Lisa Leake to cut out processed foods in weeks.

Week one: Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.

Week two: Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup)

Week three: All meat consumed this week will be locally raised and will be limited to 3-4 times per week

Week four: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

Week five: Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.

Week six: Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.”

Week seven: All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain.

Week eight: Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full.

Week nine: No refined or artificial sweeteners.

Week ten: No refined or hydrogenated oil

Week eleven: Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal.

Week twelve: Avoid all added sweeteners.

Week thirteen: Avoid any and all packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients no matter what ingredients

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Author: Lisa Leake– Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, and blogger who chronicles her family’s journey on 100daysofrealfood.com as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. Projects include a 100-day pledge to avoid all processed foods and refined ingredients as well as another 100-day pledge on a food stamp budget. Leake’s award-winning blog is receiving national attention from big names like Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver, and Yahoo! and has also been turned into a nationally syndicated newspaper column.

For more information: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/steps-to-cut-processed-food.html

Power Up Your Salad!

Spice up your salad life with new ingredients! Be creative and try new combinations in your salads!

  • Black Bean Salad: One cup of black beans contains half you daily dose of hunger-crushing fiber and about 15 grams of protein.
  • Salmon and mixed greens with walnuts: The salmon and walnuts contain omega-3’s 
  • Chicken salad with carrots and pistachios: This salad adds a fun sweet/savory flavor punch plus pistachios are rich in fiber, protein and heart-smart fat.
  • Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad: The combo of black beans, corn, and lettuce provides more than one-third of your daily dose of fiber
  • Chicken and Cashew Stir-Fry Salad: Cashews are filled with monounsaturated fats and chicken has plenty of protein!

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Read more: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/12-hunger-fighting-power-salads/black-bean-salad#ixzz2QdWHylu6

If You Can’t Pronounce It, Don’t Eat It!

Don’t buy products with more than five ingredients or any ingredients you can’t easily pronounce!  If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, then neither should you, award-winning writer Michael Pollan shares additional tips on how to eat for a healthier body and planet, the focus of his latest book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

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GMO Labeling – Agree or Disagree?

 

I have been against the United States NOT labeling GMO foods for a long time now. It’s not fair to us to not know what is going into our bodies! Whether or not to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods is a key issue in the ongoing debate over the risks and benefits of food crops produced using biotechnology. The most common GE crops in the United States are soybean, corn, cotton, and canola. Because many processed food products contain soybean or corn ingredients (e.g., high fructose corn syrup or soy protein), it’s estimated that 60 to 70 percent of processed foods in grocery stores include at least one GE ingredient! Were you aware of this? How do you feel about the labeling issue in the US? How many people are GMO foods affecting?

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For more information: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09371.html

If Your Food Goes Bad, It’s Usually A Good Thing!

Remember this the next time you get upset about food going bad! If your food goes bad, it usually means this food is good for you and it is a good thing! This means there’s little or no chemicals, pesticides, etc. to harm your body! You should be worried if food doesn’t go bad.. just think of all the ingredients they put in there to increase shelf-life that could be harming you!

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