What healthy snacks can you share that have under a 5 minute prep time?  Today I tried out some simple and healthy snacks, all with less than five minute prep time!

Baked Grapefruit I read about baked grapefruit awhile ago and have been meaning to try it for months. So easy and so delicious.  Baking the grapefruit with honey makes it bubbly, juicy, and gives it that desert-like feel.  The glazed appearance is so pretty.  I imagine adding mint would give this an awesome touch.  I had also read a dash of cinnamon was optional.  It’s such a lovely and refreshing way to serve grapefruit!

Directions:

  • Separate the grapefruit into sections.
  • Drizzle honey on each half.
  • Bake (or use a toaster oven) at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes or until top has formed a carmalized crust.
  • Optional top with fresh mint leave.  I bet that’d be delightful, I just used up my fresh mint yesterday.

Roasted Chickpeas  I’ve seen roasted chickpeas sold in stores, and came across this simple recipe on Zen Habits.  How much easier does it get?  You could cook the chick peas from a bag but using canned chick peas works great.  They should keep up to a week.  Play around with seasonings or just use sea salt and pepper.  I’m a huge fan of pita chips with just sea salt so I am sure it would be delicious on chick peas.  They’re also a great addition to spice up and add protein to salad.

Directions:

  • 1 can chickpeas (14oz / 400g), well drained
  • 1-2 TBSP olive oil
  •  sprinkle with smoked or sweet paprika or other seasoning

1. Preheat your oven to 400F 

2. Place chickpeas in a roasting pan or oven proof dish, drizzle with olive oil and seasoning bake for 10-20 minutes until golden and crisp on outside. 

3.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Fresh Strawberry Iced Tea ahhhhhh, sipping my refreshing cool summer drink now with my tasty snacks while entering this post.   Fresh strawberry iced tea is a great way to jazz up iced tea and it’s so simple!  No sugar needed, just the right amount of sweetness from the fresh berries boiled into the water.


Directions:

  • Boil water on stove or in tea kettle
  • Add number of black regular or decaf black tea bags according to amount of water with handful of fresh sliced strawberries.
  • Cool, add ice, garnish glass with a strawberry
  • Optional add fresh squeezed lemon
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Browsing Whole Foods beverage aisle this evening I stumbled upon HINT Naturally Flavored Water.  I’m a recent hibiscus fan and since hibiscus isn’t an easy flavor to find in products the honeydew-hibiscus flavor stood out on the shelf.  I had never found a flavored water I really enjoy, but I have tonight!   I even went through the check out thinking “what am I doing trying another flavored water brand?”   but so glad I did.   The honeydew-hibiscus is crisp, clean and refreshing with no artificial aftertaste.  It’s not sweet and I love that it’s naturally flavored with pure water, honeydew and hibiscus.  The name fits the product perfect as it provides just a subtle hint of each natural flavor. When I looked at the bottle in more detail I realized I actually had tried the Hint Blackberry which Starbucks launched last year.  I remember a slight fruit flavor without being overpowering and still refreshing.  I can’t wait to try the cucumber flavor!  No sugar and no artificial sweeteners.   We all know how important hydrating our bodies with water is but sometimes we need a little flavor.  Throw a bottle of HINT in your yoga bag!   You’ll be so glad you did.  One refreshing gulp and you’ll being smiling.  Namaste.


HINT Naturally Flavored Water

MANGO-GRAPEFRUIT
BLACKBERRY
POMEGRANATE-TANGERINE
WATERMELON
RASPBERRY-LIME
STRAWBERRY-KIWI
CUCUMBER
PEAR
HONEYDEW-HIBISCUS
LIME



Photo of pineapple taken on my visit to the Amazon in Iquitos, Peru 2008
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I admit, I’m addicted right now!  I can’t get enough, the pineapples are so sweet and delicious right now.  I’ve been shopping at Produce Junction a few days a week where they have awesome produce and prices you can’t possibly beat.   A pineapple usually lasts me three days but today I think I’ll eat the whole thing!    Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. So many reasons to enjoy pineapple beyond the lush, sweet and exotic flavor.  It may be one of the most healthful foods available today.  Based on what I’ve read and collected pineapple is valuable for the following reasons:

  • Easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.
  • The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.
  • Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue.
  • It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.  A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid.
  • The Bromelain found in pineapple is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.
  • High in Vitamin C and because of the bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucus in the throat unlike Orange Juice.
  • Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies
  • It is said to prevent nausea including morning sickness and motion sickness. Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often makes a difference.
  • Helps with high blood pressure
  • Assists in constipation (high in fiber)
  • Promotes a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.
  • Promotes good eyes.  Pineapples protect against age-related eye problems because it is rich in antioxidants.
  • It keeps your skin beautiful! Pineapple contains enzymes that make skin elastic, improve skin hydration, and remove damaged and dead cells. Thus, it helps us achieve a clear and glowing complexion. The enzymes in pineapples also fight free-radical damage and can reduce age spots and fine lines.

I love pineapple right after an intense workout or power yoga class.  It’s important to replace electrolytes lost during exercise and replenish with high potassium foods like pineapple.

If that’s not reason enough to eat Pineapple, maybe this is enough reason for you to enjoy getting pineapple into your diet:  Think tropical, think beaches, think sexy, think Piña Colada!

We ate this pineapple right after our guide chopped it with his machete.

I’m also sipping my refreshing homemade mint iced tea right now, so delicious and so easy! 

Refreshing mint ice tea recipe

Water (according to how much tea you wish to make)

Regular or decaf black tea bags

Handful of fresh mint springs (add according to taste)

Honey 1-2 TBSP

Bring water to boil with chopped mint and honey.   Once boiling, turn off heat and add tea bags.  Let sit to cool, pour through strainer to remove tea bags and mint springs.  Add ice, chill. (I think after days of sitting it’s even better!)   Enjoy!

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Remember to keep an open mind.  One more thing I’d like to share then I’m off to enjoy this Sunday afternoon.  I happened to attend a gym yoga class this AM (against my usual preference).  I reminded myself to keep an open mind and positive attitude knowing I can learn something from each instructor.   I was pleasantly surprised that the teacher was power yoga certified and class was nearly as challenging as my power yoga class yesterday (minus the heat.)  I spoke to the instructor after class and she is familiar and highly encourages the  Power Yoga Certification Training  I will start in June.  It is a 200 hour training based on Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga.   I really enjoyed my class today.  Wishing you a sweet Sunday!

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