Simple snacks that fuel you #soulfood

I am most definitely a snacker.  The majority of my days are spent being quite active so when it comes to food I want to feel light, satisfied, and replenished.  For me this means eating smaller meals throughout the day.  Unforunately today we are inundated with a plethora of snack foods that are anything but nourishing.  These foods may satisfy the taste buds, but they leave our bodies depleted of the vital nutrients we need to operate at our best.

Below I have listed three seasonal snack recipes I've been enjoying this summer. Enjoy!

#1 The Vegan’s Caprese

I love cheese but if I’m being honest with myself cheese doesn't always love me back.  I try to keep my intake of it to a minimum which is how I derived this version of one of my favorite snacks.  If your still really craving that cheese flavor, try sprinkling this dish with some vitamin rich nutritional yeast.

What you'll need:
Heirloom tomatoes
Basil leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
Lemon (optional)

Slice tomatoes to desired thickness
Slice avocado
Place basil on tomato
Top with avocado
Drizzle with EVOO
Finish with S&P and squeeze lemon over your snack

Presto! Super simple easy healthy snack at your fingertips— trade this for your potato chips and your body will thank you!

Bringing back the radish

Truthfully I’ve never been to keen on radishes, but since I’ve been getting this seasonal CSA box I feel like its about time I make friends with this interestingly bitter and slightly spicy root vegetable.  Here are a few ways I’ve reinvented consuming these crispy vegetables to meet my tastebud's standards.

Watermelon Radish with Sweet and Savory Toppings

What you'll need:
Watermelon radish
Hummus (click here to learn to make your own)

Watermelon slices

Avocado & grape tomatoes (optional)

Savory Style:
Slice watermelon radishes
Place desired amount of hummus on each slice
Top with sprig of parsley
(can also top with a slice of avocado and 1/2 a grape tomato)

Sweet status:
Top with mango slice
Top with mint sprig and slice of watermelon

Another idea for Gluten Free folks:

Radish chips – slice small red radishes and use them with guacamole to substitute for chips

My Special Indian Chai

Here is a special recipe that came about from enjoying countless cups of chai from all over India.  Each time I drink it, I feel as though I am being taken back in time as the memories from this beautiful country flood my senses.  I’m not sure if I'll ever have quite the same touch as those men who served it on ever street corner, however I can tell you this recipe is about as close as it gets to the real thing!  And not the Starbucks sugary version, either.

What you'll need:
2 green cardamom
1 tsp. chopped ginger
4-5 cloves
1/2 inch piece of cinnamon
Grated nutmeg
5 black peppercorns
1 tbsp. loose leaf black tea (or more for stronger tea)
1 cup water
Milk (your choice I usually use coconut or almond but its traditionally made with whole)
Sugar/honey to taste

How its made:
Crush all ingredients to release spice flavor
Bring spices and water to a rolling boil
Reduce heat and add tea—let sit 2 minutes
Add milk to your own liking—let sit 5 minutes
Strain into mug and add sugar to taste if desired

**I always play around with the amount of spices, water and milk  that I use.  Each time is slightly different depending on how I feel that day. Once you get accustomed to using these spices and understand the role of each ingredient you can play around and make your perfect blend.

Hope you enjoy these recipes and more to come.  I'd love to hear what you thought about the recipes on the comments below!

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