Have a hankering for hummus? Try this delicious home-style kind, courtesy of Sharon Palmer, RD, The Plant-Powered Dietitian.
Home-style hummus starring nutrient-rich chickpeas is a staple of the healthy, plant-based kitchen. Providing a rich, tasty source of plant protein, hummus offers unlimited versatility: use it as an appetizer dip with whole grain pita bread and vegetables, spread it on sandwiches, and dollop it over salads and grains.
Makes 2 cups (8 servings)
One 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), no salt added, with liquid
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of paprika
1. Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Put the beans into a blender or food processor.
2. Add garlic, lemon juice, tahini, black pepper, and olive oil, as well as about half of the reserved bean liquid.
3. Puree the bean mixture, adding additional bean liquid as necessary to produce a smooth, very thick dip.
4. Pour the bean dip into a serving dish and garnish with paprika. If not serving immediately, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Note: To serve hummus as an appetizer, place a small serving dish of garnished hummus in the center of a platter. Arrange triangles of whole wheat pita bread and pieces of fresh raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, and snow peas, on the platter.
Per serving (1/4 cup):
Carbohydrate: 13 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 3 g
Total fat: 3 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Sodium: 160 mg
Star nutrients: Folate (10% DV), manganese (21% DV)
Source: The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today, copyright © Sharon Palmer, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment.
With the holidays here, you’re likely going to be spending lots of time in your kitchen. To make entertaining more tasty and enjoyable without sabotaging your effort (or that of your guests) to eat nutritiously, here are two recipes featuring 3 superstar veggies–spinach, artichokes and butternut squash. Enjoy!
Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Yield/Servings: Makes about 10 ¼ cup servings
2 (14-ounce) cans water-packed artichokes, well drained
4 ounces firm silken tofu
3 large cloves garlic
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup 0% plain Greek Yogurt
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. In a high-speed blender puree the artichokes, tofu, and garlic.
3. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the Parmesan cheese, yogurt, spinach, and salt.
4. Combine the two mixtures; then pour into a medium-sized baking dish.
5. Sprinkle the top with more Parmesan.
6. Bake uncovered until heated through and the cheese on the top starts to brown, about 45 minutes.
Nutritional Analysis per serving:
Fat: 1.9 g
Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 4 mg
Sodium: 282 mg
Carbohydrate: 5.2 g
Fiber: 1.4 g
Sugar: 1.7 g
Protein: 5.9 g
Calcium: 120 mg
Source: Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD
Roasted Butternut Squash
According to Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, “Some people avoid butternut squash because it seems daunting. That couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s one of the easiest veggies to prepare.” She considers roasted butternut squash to be a perfect Autumn side dish. “Nutritionally, it’s a nice trade up from mashed potatoes. We just had it with chicken breast and roasted broccoli the other night and it worked nicely,” says Harris. She also says it makes a great base for butternut squash soup.
Yield/Servings: 6 ½ cup servings
1 whole butternut squash, 1.5-2 lbs
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1. Put the squash on a lined sheet and puncture 5-6 times.
2. Roast at 400 until browning.
3. Flip it every 30 min. It takes 1.5-2 hours. It’s done when a fork easily puctures the squash.
4. Cut it open and scoop out the seeds.
5. Puree in a food processor with 2 Tablespoons maple syrup and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice.
6. Or, alternatively, use the roasted butternut squash in a soup.
Source: Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, Gluten-Free Goodness
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When you think of romance, what comes to mind? For me, a hopeless romantic, romance is epitomized in the movie Titanic when Jack Dawson (played by Leonardo Dicaprio) sacrificed his life to let Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet’s character) live. Romance oozes from the movie The Notebook, especially when Allie Hamilton (played by Gena Rowlands) and Noah Calhoun (played by James Garner) die in their sleep with their arms and bodies so beautifully intertwined.
In my own life, the idea of romance makes me think of a particular day during my childhood. Almost 30 years ago, in the late afternoon on a crisp winter day, my first true love rode miles on his horse to meet me in the woods. Forbidden to see one another, we knew we risked being caught by our parents—but that only made the desperate, sweet teenage kisses we shared and the way we professed our undying love to one another even more special. When I think of romance, I also think of another boyfriend—my last before I met the man who would become my husband. He called me gorgeous (even though I didn’t think I was) and always made me feel like I was the only woman in the room.
I also witnessed romance recently when our 44-year-old friend Harvey married Elise, one of my best camp friends. Although they first fell in love 22 years ago, when they were both 22, and parted ways, they were unexpectedly reunited after Elise’s previous marriage ended. They’ve been inseparable ever since. To mark the magic, Harvey counted down on Facebook the 22 days until their wedding day with poems, anecdotes, and gorgeous photos. A greater romance I’ve never known!
While romance—a “love affair” or “an emotional attraction or aura belonging to an especially heroic era, adventure, or activity”*—can be inspired by, or be expressed with, grand dramatic overtures, sometimes even little things can be romantic. Having been happily married to the same man, a hard working and devoted father to our two sons, aged 15 and 11, for more than 20 years, I think we’d both agree that it’s the little things—the inside jokes, the small gestures and favors, squeezing in a little one-on-one time (in between two full-time jobs, our sons’ homework help and basketball games), and enjoying solo time together when our sons go to overnight summer camp—that help us keep the spark alive.
Whether you’re looking for love, on the cusp of it, or are in a committed relationship, there are things you can do besides reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy (trust me) to ignite romance (or at least give it a jump-start). Here are three of my top tips to help you do just that in your own life:
1. Reclaim and redefine date night. At the beginning of their relationship, most couples seemingly make all the time in the world to go on dates and spend time together. But when the initial excitement of the relationship starts to dim, and real life sets in, many couples often find it too easy to allow work, children, or other responsibilities to get in the way of their private time together. Of course parenting or caring for older parents, logging too many hours at the office, and having a long to-do list can move date night to the back burner, it’s important for your own health—and that of your relationship—to reclaim date night. Even if that means grabbing a quick bite to eat, seeing a movie, or simply walking to and from favorite frozen yogurt shop (my husband and I started doing this just last summer), penciling in one-on-one time together each week, as you would an appointment, shows each of you—and the rest of your family—that your relationship matters and is worth making time for.
2. Put the ‘action’ in your activities. Instead of meeting for the usual drinks or heading to dinner and a movie with your significant other—or friends—plan something more active. Taking a brisk walk, jog, or bike ride in the park, heading to a spin or dance class, or training for some sort of competition together (like a 5 k race, triathlon, or even a charity walk) not only gives you quality time together, but can help you get in shape or stay fit. When we were first married, my husband and I would do 5K, 6 mile and 10K running races together (once we even did a 10 miler). We also play golf together, and love to hike together in places like Colorado, California and Hawaii. Being active in new and different ways not only creates a sense of adventure and accomplishment, but it can help you feel better physically and mentally—and help you be more open to experiencing romance. And as I wrote about in my upcoming book, Younger Next Week, being active and exercising can boost libido (it helps blood flow to al the right places, if you know what I mean). Let’s not forget that regular exercise also helps you look and feel better, and can therefore indirectly boost your confidence in-between the sheets!
3. Connect by disconnecting. Because for so many of us, the smart phone or laptop has become like a third appendage, it’s become far to easy to lose touch with all of our senses that allow us to recognize and enjoy romance—even when it’s staring right at us. So when you’re with your sweetie, put that cell phone away and really pay attention to him or her. Use all your senses to look at, listen to, touch and completely engage with your significant other. You may find that not having all the distractions reminds you why you were drawn to him or her in the first place. Just like you let nothing come between you and your Calvins, it’s wise to not let a cell phone or laptop come between you and your partner.
What are some of the ways you introduce or bring back the romance in your relationship? Share your to-dos, tips and ideas with the hashtag #liveintune below to help others bring romance back into their lives too.
Image of Harvey and Elise from their amazing wedding via Marc Millman Photography.
*Source: Merriam-Webster dictionary
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Just in time for Thanksgivukah come two delicious recipes for turkey and cranberry sauce. They’d make great additions to any dinner during the holidays–or whenever! Yum!
Rosemary-Citrus Turkey Breast
1 bunch rosemary, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
¼ cup olive oil
4 cups chicken broth (read ingredients and avoid added sugars and other unnecessary fillers)
~4 pound bone-in turkey breast
1. Zest oranges & lemons and then juice.
2. In large storage container, stir together:
- citrus zest & juice
- chopped rosemary & garlic
- 4 cups chicken broth
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons salt
Add turkey breast to marinate.
3. Marinate turkey for 24 hours (or a minimum of 1 hour up to 48 hours)
4. Pre-heat oven to 450 F.
5. Remove turkey from marinade and place in baking pan. Put in oven at 450 F for 5 minutes.
6. Lower temperature to 400 F and continue to roast for ~1-1.5 hours or until internal temperature of 165 F.
Carbohydrates: 1 g
Fat: 3.5 g
Protein: 28 g
Fiber: 0 g
Cholesterol: 45 mg
Sodium: 480 mg
Sugar: 1 g
Orange Cranberry Sauce
10 ounces cranberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
1 Tablespoon orange zest (from ~2 oranges)
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup honey
1. In a small pot, place the following ingredients:
- 10 ounces cranberries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- ¼ cup honey
2. Stir the above together and place on high heat, bringing to a boil, lower to low heat, cooking for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Transfer to bowl and place in refrigerator to cool.
Carbohydrates: 16 g
Fat: 0 g
Protein: 0 g
Fiber: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Sugar: 12 g
Source: Allison Stevens, MS, RD, LD, from Prep Dish’s gluten-free, dairy-free Thanksgiving Plan.
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