As the weather warms up and picnic season is in full swing, it is a great time to seek out healthy snack options. This sunflower seed pate is a versatile recipe to keep around your kitchen and prepare often. It is delicious as a dip for celery, carrots, cucumber or chips and crackers, is a great spread for sandwiches and an awesome compliment to lettuce or collard wraps. The seeds add a good amount of healthy fats and protein to balance out the carbohydrates in the above meal and snack options, and it is a tasty treat that will keep in your refrigerator for 7-10 days. Injoy!
2 cups raw sunflower seeds, soaked 6-8 hours
1 cup chopped celery
¼ cup finely chopped shallots
2-3 Tbls. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. fresh time, chopped fine
½-1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Drain and rinse sunflower seeds through a fine mesh strainer
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency. I like mine fairly smooth with just a few chunks
Staying properly hydrated is the number one thing you can do for your body on a daily basis. When it comes to the health of our organs and digestion, fat loss, energy levels, sleep patters, brain function, our detoxification systems and nutritional choices… daily water consumption affects it all. And our bodies are made up of substantial amounts of water: The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are 31%. We need to drink plenty of water, plain and simple.
The problem is many people have a hard time getting in the ‘half your body weight in ounces’ recommendation. The #1 complaint I hear from clients is that they are bored with plain water. Skip the artificially flavored sugar packets and try these 5 refreshing, whole food based recipes to jazz up your water. I suggest investing in a water bottle that holds at least 32 ounces in order to track how much you’re drinking most efficiently. I really like my HydroFlask!
½ lime sliced thin, ½ lemon sliced thin, ½ cup packed fresh mint
½ cup chopped seedless watermelon, 3-5 sprigs fresh rosemary
½ cup chopped pineapple, ½ cup packed fresh mint
½ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen), 3-5 sprigs fresh thyme
½ cup blackberries (fresh or frozen), 3-5 sprigs of fresh sage
Also, get creative and come up with your own combination! Pretty much any fruit will work, aside from bananas. Use what’s in season in your garden or the farmers market. Mix with other fruits and berries and/or fresh herbs, add filtered water and voila! Injoy!