Healthy spreads; an alternative to butter and margarine

I have found these amazing healthy spreads to be easy to make and they taste so good! I am one person who believes in simplicity. I also strongly believe in eating good food; if it tastes good then it will make you feel good! 

Because of the kids, we do bread once a week. We found a store that stocks sprouted grain bread and buns in one of the malls. Sprouted grain bread is a healthy alternative to white flour or whole grain flour bread. The preparation process process involves soaking the grains in water until they begin to grow a sprout. Sprouted grain bread is better not only because it uses the whole grain, but the process sprouted grains go through actually breaks down the proteins and carbohydrates in the grain, increasing vitamin content to the consumer. Yes, it still contains a moderate amount of gluten but it is a healthier choice compared to white or whole grain bread.

Spreads just like toppings in food can make the dish unhealthy. Most of us are limited to butter and margarine, yet there are so many other simple, healthy and delicious choices. We can opt to use Nut butters; almond, macadamia, almond or avocado which is natural and tastes so good. My favorite is hummus. which is so easy to make.

here is my simple recipe

Make Tahini first (sesame paste)

You will need 1 cup of sesame seeds. toast them on a pan until they are golden brown then after they have cooled down, blend as you add 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Blend to your desired consistency. There you go! simple. Pour the paste in an air- tight jar and put in the fridge.

For your hummus (chickpeas plus sesame paste) 

Tahini paste 1/2 cup

I cup of chickpeas that have been soaked for 24-48 hours

1/4 cup olive oil

4 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Method:

Boil the chickpeas with some baking soda until they are soft. drain the water and put them in a blender. Add olive oil, tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice and sea salt. blend until smooth. Add some water until you reach your desired consistency.

Chickpeas which is one of the foods that contain Phytoestrogens is highly encouraged for women going through menopause.  Phytoestrogens are thought to block the body’s uptake of
unhealthy estrogen and where there is a deficiency of estrogen, provide an alternative source.

Sesame seeds are a nutritional powerhouse containing vitamins, minerals, natural oils, and organic compounds which consist of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc, fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate and  protein.

The combination of these two ingredients plus olive oil, garlic and lemon juice, will leave your organs smiling!

Happy cooking!