Everyone deserves access to healthy food that is both nutritious and delicious. Yes, you read that correctly. Eating health-conscious food doesn’t mean sacrificing your taste buds. In fact, healthy snacking can and should make your mouth salivate and crave even more.
But, I know what you’re thinking, “Whole foods and nutritious don’t live on the same block as scrumptious.” Well, I beg to differ and here are 3 snack recipes to prove my point.
Dr. Kathy’s Spicy Red Pepper Hummus
This spicy hummus provides an addedkick that won’t leave you feeling guilty later.It’s Perfect for a summer snack, or on-the-go.
Food Processor and bowls
- 2 cups of cooked chickpeas or canned chickpeas preferably from a BPA can such as Eden Valley or 2cups of pistachios
- four cloves of garlic chopped
- two roasted red peppers
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or ½ to 1 whole jalapeno pepper
- ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- juice of two lemons
- ½ teaspoon of cumin
- 2T of dried parsley
- 1/3c of tahini
1.Place the chickpeas or pistachios, garlic ½ cup of water in a food processor and process until well mixed
2.Add tahini, sea salt, lemon juice, parsley, cayenne,and cumin and process until smooth
3.The thickness can be adjusted by adding more water as necessary
4.This can be garnished with chopped red onion, or chopped chives, or chopped parsley, and drizzled with unfiltered cold pressed extra virgin olive oil to taste
Dr. Kathy’s Fruity Fall Chia Breakfast Pudding
Breakfast will never be the same after you try Dr. Kathy’s Fruity Fall Chia Breakfast Pudding. With ingredients like apple and cinnamon, your stomach will thank you later!
Equipment: Food processor (or blender), small bowls
- 1 cup Chia seed
- 2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 package of stevia or to taste
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 large Apple cored and sliced
- 1tsp Ceylon cinnamon or substitute Pumpkin pie spice
1.Whisk the Chia seeds and stevia into the almond milk
2.Grind the walnuts in a food processor fitted with the S blade until fine, next add the bananas and apples and pulse until well mixed, keeping apples a bit chunky
3.Add the Chia seed mixture to the food processor and pulse for a few seconds until combined
4.Divide the putting into four bowls and chill overnight for breakfast the next morning
Blackberry Breakfast Smooth
Show of hands if you’ve ever skipped breakfast? It’s OK. You are amongst more than blank Americans who skimp on one of the most important meals of the day. No worries, it’s understandable as life’s responsibilities mount on us, rushing to get to work and kids off to school can make eating become low on the priority list. If that sounds like you’re routine, try an easy 3-step Blackberry smoothie to jumpstart your day.
Here’s what you’ll need:
½ of a large head of Romaine chopped.
3 large kale leaves chopped.
1 Cucumber of (if organic, chopped with skin on. If non-organic, peeled and chopped).
1 pack of Stahlbush frozen blackberries.
4 tablespoons of Chia seeds.
Stevia to taste.
3 cups of coconut water.
Just 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Place the Romaine, kale, Chia seeds, Stevia, 3 cups of Coconut water into a large blender. Blend until smooth.
Step 2: Add cucumber and blackberries and puree.
Step 3: Serve. (This makes 4 16oz individual smoothies)
Blackberries provide an extensive amount of nutrients, including manganese, which is vital in increasing brain function and preventing brain cell degeneration. Additionally, blackberries reduce inflammation, fight infections and boost immunity, so the next time you’re short on time and need a healthy morning snack, grab a quick blueberry smoothie.