Healthy Snack

I know I have previously described my love of Whole Foods Market to you here, but the truth is, I could rant and rave about this healthier grocery store all day long. Anywhere that serves up delicious, ready-made meals from all over the world, displays mountains of freshly made bakery treats, and employs friendly staff with the best customer service, certainly has my vote. But more importantly, they have a snack aisle to die for.

So, it’s mid-week and you’re bored out of your mind with celery sticks and pretzels, but refuse to crinkle around in a bag full of greasy chips crisps for a snack. I have the most delicious answer to your problems.

BAM! Flaxseed with Soya Organic Tortilla Chips with Raw Hummus
These chips are so crunchy and have a delicious flavouring from all its healthy ingredients. The hummus is thick and creamy with a flavour that resembles guacamole.

Woah, woah, woah, you’re thinking, spoon of frosting in your hand, that sounds a little crunchy granola to me.
Fear not, my trepidatious friend, this combo is absolutely delicious whilst being packed with surprising health benefits. What more could you ask for in a snack?

Ready for the nerd facts?
Why are these tortilla chips healthier than your average salt loaded bag?
The health junkie power stars: Flax seed and Soya.
The tiny flax seed carries one of the biggest nutrient contents in the world. It has similar vitamin and mineral contents to grains, but its huge amount of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids leaves grains in the dust. Also, the magic seeds are very low in carbohydrates which makes these crunchy corners ideal for anyone trying to limit their intake of starches and sugars.
Soybean protein is a complete or whole protein as it provides all the essential amino acids for human nutrition. Soy is an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein and is rich in vitamin B6 and isoflavones, both have numerous incredible health benefits.

Why is my hummus raw and what does that mean?
The Living Food Kitchen has a great line of raw products and explains the reason behind their rawness here.
This hummus is made with a bunch of healthy, flavourful products like fresh coriander, sprouted chickpeas, and tahini. The combination of ingredients and flavours somehow makes this hummus taste like guacamole! Yum.

Not convinced? Pop into your nearest Whole Foods Market and gather these goodies. They are the perfect healthy snack combination, but more importantly, they’re delicious!

Sunny Salmon Salsa

Summer in London is nonexistent this year.
My lack of Vitamin D combined with this incessant rain has left me down in the dumps.

To cheer myself up, I decided to bring some sunshine to the kitchen. I improvised a bright, tropical recipe that will put a smile on your face that will shine through the gloomiest of weather.
If you’re anywhere else in the world, experiencing a joyous summer of sun and water, this is the perfect, healthy summer lunch. Oh, and I’m jealous.

Right, the ingredients. I am not the greatest at instructing how to cook a dish. Cooking is all very “in the moment” for me. I like to look at a recipe to get a general idea of what i’m making, and then go about adding a pinch of this and a dash of that. Feel free to take out or add anything you like. You are the chef, this is your meal, make it the way you’ll most enjoy it!

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 salmon fillets

1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 table spoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon oregano
1/2 tablespoon thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly. If you’re missing something, be creative and add something else, or ignore it.

Fruit Salsa:
1/2 cup diced pineapple
1/2 cup diced mango
1/2 cup diced strawberries
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 jalepeno, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
2 tablespoons chipped mint leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients and stir together. Cover with plastic wrap and allow salsa to macerate for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

1. Preheat grill to medium
2. Drizzle Olive oil over salmon. Cover salmon on both sides with seasoning.
3. Place fish on the grill, skin side down, and cook for about 3 minutes. Flip, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Sear sides for an additional minute each, or until cooked through to the desired doneness.
4. Plate fish and serve with fruit salsa spooned over the top.

I had mine with quinoa, but you can have it with brown rice, noodles, or even on its own. I hope you enjoy your healthy summer lunch, and I really hope the sun comes out!