I was sent a link to this video yesterday. If you have 7 minutes to spare, I highly suggest you check it out.
To sum it up, many products that claim to have blueberries in them don’t. Instead, the ‘blueberries’ are created from ingredients derived from petro-chemicals like corn syrup, oils, artificial colors, and flavors.
Unfortunately it doesn’t stop at blueberries. Our supermarkets are full of these ‘fake’ foods, from fruit bars, to breakfast buns, fruit snacks, or packaged rice.
Fortunately there are hundreds of amazing companies out there like Kaia foods, Artisana, LARABAR, Rizopia, Manitoba Harvest, Oskri Organics, and Crofter’s that use high quality, whole food ingredients in their products. Thankfully, our mission to live a clean life, full of real blueberries is not totally hopeless!
On with the eats…
I had the best snack of my entire life, yesterday. If we had an intercom at work, I would have used it to make the announcement.
I will not confirm or deny, that my opinion may have been swayed due to the fact that I had just finished 1hr of spin + 30min core work.
But what I can tell you is that feasting on this marvel for 2-3 minutes plus the 10 minutes I spent sitting in silence afterward, put me in snack heaven.
Okay, okay… I’ll tell you what it was.
Best snack of my life
- 1 banana, sliced
- 4 strawberries, sliced
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp shelled flax
- 3 tbsp room temp almond milk
Combine all ingredients the night before in a 2 cup glass container. Let it sit overnight and enjoy the following morning.
It was gooey, it was ooey, it was sticky, and satisfying.
It was the best snack I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten a lot in my time. No lies there.
Although this dip is not the best thing I’ve ever had, it has been a fantastic addition to my lunches this week.
And let’s face it, life is better when you have loads of veggie dip in the house to snack on.
It’s all part about the snacking! Mmm.
Sun Dried Tomato and Chili Walnut Layered Dip
Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free
Combines soft tastes of lemon with sun dried tomato and a hint of chili. Whether you’re enjoying games night with your family, or preparing for lunches for the week, this layered dip is a perfect healthful way to increase your daily fiber and protein. Best part, no one will even suspect it’s good for them!
Sun dried tomato dip
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked in 1/2 cup water for 20 minutes
- 6-8 tbsp reserved sun dried tomato water
- 1/2 cup red kidney beans
- 1/2 tsp herbamare
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- pinch dried basil
Chili walnut dip
- 2 tbsp braggs liquid aminos
- 1 cup kidney beans
- 1/2 cup walnuts, raw
- 1/2 tsp chili pepper
- 2-4 tbsp water
+ 2 handfuls of spinach, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Spread pine nuts evenly across sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before using.
- Melt coconut oil in small frying pan on medium high heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until translucent. Drop into blender.
- Add remaining sun dried tomato dip ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. You may have to add an additional 2 tbsp of the sun dried tomato water, depending on it’s thickness. I used 8 tbsp. Once mixture is smooth, set aside.
- To make the chili walnut dip, process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
- In a glass bowl, layer half of the sun dried tomato dip, followed with all of the chili dip, then spinach, and lastly another layer of sun dried tomato.
- Serve with chips, crackers, or veggies.
Makes 3.5 cups of dip!
Do you check the labels or read the ingredients on the products you buy?