With the holidays upon us, it is time to begin to think about how we are going to enjoy these festive times without putting on those extra pounds or exacerbating our health conditions.
Making the right choices regarding your nutrition can help reduce the risks of disease, reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol, improve your immune system, and give you more energy.
Keep in mind these other important tips to maintain a healthy diet this holiday season and beyond.
Don’t overindulge. Throughout our day we have so many more opportunities to snack between meals. The office holiday parties, family dinners, and after work fun with friends can easily add to your caloric intake. Plan ahead and decide where and when you will treat yourself and choose the healthiest choices.
Hemp is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. We’re sharing 5 Healthy Hemp Recipes that are sure to make your Christmas meals nutritious and delicious.
1. Preheat oven to 175°C and line a small loaf tin with baking paper.
2. Combine the almond meal, 13 Seeds Hemp Flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and 13 Seeds Hemp Hearts in a large mixing bowl.
3. Combine the chia seeds with 6 tablespoons of water in a smaller bowl and set aside for 4 or 5 minutes. (Note: When you mix chia seeds with water, the seeds absorb the water and form a gel. The longer you leave them, the thicker the gel becomes, and if it is too thick it can be harder to mix into your dough. If you work in the order shown here, the mixture should be just about ready to add to the mixture in Step 4).
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, 13 Seeds Hemp Honey, oil, apple cider vinegar and chia seed gel.
5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. It should be a thick batter.
6. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and gently even it out.
7. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out cleanly from the middle.
8. Cool in the tin for half an hour before slicing.
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
2. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 5 or 6 minutes.
3. Place the chickpeas, grated carrot, parsley, lemon juice and egg in a food processor and blend until well combined.
4. Put the mixture into a large bowl and add in the 13 Seeds Hemp Hearts, onions and garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Season well with salt and pepper.
6. Form into 6 balls. Place them on a plate and flatten gently.
7. Put into the refrigerator for about an hour.
8. Heat the remaining oil over a medium heat and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes each side.
Serve in toasted burger buns with salad leaves and spicy tomato sauce or sour cream and chutney, chili sauce or pesto.
1. Melt butter in a sauté pan, over medium-high heat.
2. Add sliced mushrooms and almonds. Cook until the mushrooms are soft.
3. Add the garlic, 13 Seeds Hemp Hearts, stock, salt and pepper.
4. Mix well and turn the heat to medium-low.
5. Continue to cook until the 13 Seeds Hemp Hearts are cooked but still slightly crunchy.
6. Squeeze some lemon juice over the top, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
This dish goes well with chicken, beef or pork.
“You won’t have any leftovers!”
1. Put the avocado and lime or lemon juice in a medium sized bowl and mash with a fork until almost smooth.
2. Add the spring onion, 13 Seeds Hemp Hearts, cumin, salt and chilli flakes (if used). Mix well with a small wooden spoon.
TIP: If you are not serving immediately, spread a thin layer of sour cream over the top so the avocado doesn’t brown. Then stir it in when you are ready to use.
“Make as a side or eat it with your nachos”
1. Pulse dates in a food processor until they are in small pieces, and the mixture starts to form a ball. Remove from food processor and set aside.
2. Process the walnuts until they are a fine meal.
3. Add 13 Seeds Hemp Drinking Chocolate, 13 Seeds Hemp Hearts and 13 Seeds Hemp Protein Powder, and salt.
4. Pulse a few times to combine – be careful not to overmix.
5. Add the dates, almond butter or tahini, and coconut oil.
6. Pulse and mix to combine. If your mixture is too wet to roll into balls, add more 13 Seeds Drinking Chocolate or Hemp Hearts.
7. Place in a bowl and leave in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
8. Roll into balls about the size of a walnut .
9. Put the coconut into a bowl and roll each ball in the coconut to coat.
10. Keep in the refrigerator.
“So easy... this is one of our family favourites!”
Everything you eat does some kind of work in your body. You’ll want to make sure that the work being performed in your body is beneficial, not detrimental, to your health. Providing your body with all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs may seem like an overwhelming chore. It doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of easy to prepare low calorie and nutrient dense foods that you’ll enjoy during the holiday season and throughout your new year.