I thought that this time I would throw in a couple of quick and easy variations on some foods.
Kale Chips. – I mentioned these in Sugar and Spice Advice.
Wash and dry the kale. Then remove the ribs and tear the leaves into small pieces. Toss with olive oil and spices, such as garlic powder, pepper, or a dash of cayenne. These will give the chips a zip of flavor. Pour out onto a cookie sheet and bake at 275’ F for about 20 minutes. Turn over half way through. Cool and enjoy!
Yogurt Parfaits. These are a popular item that I serve at book club, especially during the summer when we all want something cool and refreshing. I use Mountain High brand plain or vanilla yogurt. Low fat or non-fat works well. Wash and cap strawberries. Wash some blue berries or blackberries. Put the various types of berries in separate bowls. Have a bowl of sliced almonds. To make, scoop some yogurt into a cup, toss in a little fruit, more yogurt, a different type of berry, and on until the cup is full. Sprinkle some almonds on top, and enjoy. Need your yogurt a bit sweeter? Use a teaspoon of honey or a sprinkling of sugar.
Salad Spruce Ups. Give your regular salad a new flavor. Add some fresh berries, sliced apples, or orange segments. You’ll be piling on the antioxidants and fiber. More of a traditionalist? Add chopped hard boiled eggs, nuts, or beans. Snow peas have a sweet and crunchy taste. I have discovered that I love sunflower seeds in my salad. What about a little golden corn tossed in?
Make your own healthy salad dressing at home. Whenever I give out a recipe, trust me, it is for the most part healthy (Okay, the brownies aren’t), and it sure better taste good. For a simple dressing, mix some good quality olive oil with some balsamic vinegar. Yup! That’s it. Add a dash of pepper and voila! you have a winner.