This dip is seriously delicious if I may say so myself! Had some left over roasted beets that needed using up from a salad the night before so this is what I threw together!! Not only is this dip easy on the eye but it is also packed full of fibre, essential vitamins minerals (like magnesium, zinc, potassium and calcium), good heart healthy fats and powerful antioxidants! Did you know that the vibrant purple colour of beets is due to the high levels of anthocyanins, a powerful type of antioxidant found in most blue and purple fruit and vege. Beets are also believed to help control blood pressure along with a myriad of other health benefits! So, if you’re wanting to give this simple, tasty dip a go here is what you’ll need!
What you need…
– 4 cooked beets, skin removed
– 1 tbsp tahini paste
– 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
– 2/3 cup low fat natural yoghurt
– salt and pepper
NOTE: if you dont have time to roast the beets yourself (they usually take about half n hour or so) try picking up a packet of the freshly cooked beets in the fruit and vege section of your local supermarket. There is a great brand that sell just this called Love Beets Australia that I have seen just about everywhere and they are great for those with busy schedules!
What to do…
Throw the cooked beets, yoghurt, mint leaves and tahini paste into a food processor or blender, season lightly with salt and pepper and whiz away until it reaches the consistency you’re after! Check the balance of flavours and add extra seasoning or tahini if required!
And there you have a delicious, nutritious dip in less than 5 minutes!! Yum!
So it’s Christmas day and by this stage you have probably already ploughed your way through hours of pre-dinner drinks and nibbles and then a huge Christmas banquet, I’m sure most of you wonder where on earth you are going to find room for a big serve of Christmas pudding or trifle right?! Well this is a problem I seem to face just about every year anyway, so I find its great to keep some lighter sweet options on hand for anyone struggling to find room for dessert!
In keeping with my passion for trying to create healthier versions of all of our “not-so-healthy” favourite foods I thought why not re-invent the traditional calorie-laiden chocolate truffles into a healthier version?… And here is what I came up with: Healthy Chocolate Ginger Spiced Truffles…Aka My Choc Protein Balls with a Christmassy twist!)
A healthier nutrition packed version filled with heart healthy fats, antioxidants and natural sugars!
Healthy Chocolate Ginger Spiced Truffles
What you need…
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
- 1 cup dried, pitted dates or pitted medjool dates
- ½ cup raw cacao or good quality cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup dried goji berries
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- cocoa or desiccated coconut for rolling
- Note: you could also add in some chopped glaze ginger for a little extra zing and flavour or even some cacao nibs for an extra chocolatey fix!
What to do….
Place the almonds, oats, cocoa and spices in a food processor and blend to combine. Then add the dates and blend until it forms a dough-like consistency. You may need a splash of water to bind the mixture together. If the mixture becomes too sticky and wet, try adding more oats or cocoa powder.
Next add in the goji berries and mix with a spoon or your hands to combine…Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty – its half the fun!
Roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls, roll them in the desiccated coconut and then place in an air tight container in the freezer until ready to eat!
I find they taste best still slightly frozen and firm so keep them hidden in the freezer until time to serve!
Enjoy… in moderation!