Healthy snacks are a challenge when life is busy. Actually even when you have the time is so much easier to open a bag of chips and dig in. Sad… or not, lol. As for us right now this is not a solution any more. It has been 7 weeks now that we’ve started our healthy diet and the results have been outstanding.
I will not talk about the pounds lost because this is only an extra bonus. My husband’s sugars never have been so right and our energy has boosted tremendously. Great feeling and I have to say that this blog has helped me to be motivated and focused. By taking pictures I have to work on how to make food look beautiful and that is a huge pleasure, to see it and to eat it!
In this healthy diet my day always starts with planning our meals, snacks included and it is not always easy to get too excited about them, I have to admit. So I thought I would share some of the snacks that I have been preparing for us.
Steamed Artichoke with olive oil dressing
This is by far my favorite ever and artichokes are so nutritious! Forget the canned ones, swimming in oil. By steaming, you can enjoy it with a Vinagreitte or olive oil dressing and get both of best worlds! But the best part is the “picking” feeling by far! lol Taking out the leaves, one by one, taking the time to dip it in the dressing, just a treat!
Trim the end of the leaves, rinse the artichokes and put them in a pan steamer with a lid and bring the water to boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook it for about 30 min. or until the leaves come out easily. Don’t overcook. They can be enjoyed warm or cold. After the leaves are all done, remove the center with a little spoon and enjoy the meaty heart of the artichoke, just so delicious!
For the dressing any Vinaigrette will do, you can find a recipe here.
For this time though I had the artichokes with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. It is a simple way of really enjoying the unique taste of the artichoke. Dig in and happy “picking”.
Endives stuffed with spicy tuna
1 large endive
1 can of tuna in water
1 tbs of chopped green olives
2 tbs light mayonnaise ( or 1 tbs mayonnaise and 1 tbs sour cream or yogurt)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbs fresh or dry parsley
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Rinse the endives and separates the leaves. Arrange the tuna mix in the endives leaves and serve immediately.
Oven baked crispy sweet potato
3 large sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
dash cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients until potatoes are evenly coated with oil and spices.
Place potatoes on a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, turn them over and bake for more 10 or 15 min. Serve immediately.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!