Sunday, January 5, 2014

Delicious and Healthy Snacking with Hummus!

Don't you just love to snack?  I know we sure do.  Thankfully my husband is on board with healthy anti-inflammatory eating (well....most of the time).  After church today he was ready to turn on some football and start snacking.  I looked around for something quick, delicious and easy to whip up.

If you are like me and want to be careful with the food you eat, then this is a great idea for you.  Hummus! Yep....I said hummus.  It's not the old school plain hummus that I am talking about, it is sun dried tomato super flavorful hummus.  I'm  not into blah and boring eating.  It has got to be awesome!

Mild mini peppers are wonderful dipped into hummus. Since I wash and cut up my fresh veggies each week after grocery shopping, they were already prepared and waiting in the fridge.  My husband also likes to use multi-grain tortilla chips for dipping.  I have posted this recipe before, but, made with yogurt instead of Tahini Paste.  Both are quite tasty. Enjoy :)

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus with Tahini

1 15.5 oz can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon minced garlic
6 tablespoons lemon juice 
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, diced
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Tahini Paste
Salt/pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  If it seems too thick add more olive oil a teaspoon at a time.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Resolutions of an RA Warrior!

As long as life continues and the calendar moves from one year to the next, I will feel like I'm getting a fresh start.  A second chance. Leaving one year behind to move forward into the next is a time of deep contemplation. A time of reflecting on what was done well the previous year and what can be done better in the new year.

2013 was a year of realizing how destructive and serious my disease is.  I am still recovering from an extensive foot surgery.  Recovery has been tough. Even tougher though, is realizing this foot surgery could have been avoided if I had been true to myself more often when making food choices. Since I choose to treat my disease with nutrition rather than drugs, food is serious business for me.

My resolutions/goals for 2014 :

I will continue on the healthy path I started on several years ago.  
I will continue educating myself with the best nutritional and holistic approaches to fight auto-immune disease. I will become more disciplined and not slip into poor food choices. 
I will exercise on a regular basis including stretching/yoga, strength training, and cardio.  

I thank God for leading me down this natural path of healing.  This year I will honor Him by doing my very best to stay on that path and will also stay true to myself in the choices I make.

Happy New Year and may there be many blessings to you in 2014!