Bits and Bites

Every week I post a new “Bits and Bites” idea on the sidebar of my website.  Here you’ll find really quick and easy ideas for all sorts of meals, sides and snacks.  This post will be updated each week with the archived “Bits and Bites”.

Snacks

1. Need a healthy snack? Try sliced apples dipped in almond butter.

2. Had salad for lunch and starving by 3pm? Here’s a hearty snack that will take you through ’til dinner: mix together 1 can water packed wild tuna plus 2 Tbsps. of the juice, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 a chopped avocado and a few chopped grape tomatoes or cucumber.  Spoon it onto whole grain crackers if you like.  Serves 2.

 Breakfast

1. For an easy and transportable breakfast, try my version of Bircher Muesli: put 1/3 cup quick cooking or long cook oats in a bowl with 1 cup dairy (any kind), 2 Tbps nuts or seeds, 1/2 cup chopped apple or sliced berries, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp maple or agave syrup.

2. Eggs have developed a bad rap over the years siting “high cholesterol”.  But they really are quite healthy and I encourage you to eat them regularly.  And eat them whole.  None of this egg white omelette stuff.  The yolk has all kinds of nutrients in it that the whites lack.  Have a hard boiled egg for a snack.  Make a whole bunch of them at the start of the week and add them to salads or sandwiches for extra protein.  Enjoy them guilt-free!

Sides

1.Want something different to serve as a side salad?  Baby arugula, toasted walnuts and shaved parmesan cheese is quick to prepare.  Dress with 1 part olive oil, 1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice and lots of fresh ground pepper.  This salad is a wonderful accompaniment to grilled meat.

2. Spring is finally here and so is its first bounty: asparagus.  Asparagus is healthy, delicious and can be prepared in a cinch.  Brush spears with olive, salt and pepper and bbq or roast in the oven at 400F for 8 minutes.  Devour as is or dress it up with balsamic vinegar or shaved parmesan cheese.

Treats

Everyone has a vice.  Mine’s chocolate.  I keep it under control by indulging occasionally in a square or two of good quality dark chocolate (70% or more) and a few dried cherries.  It’s a treat that is satisfying, low in sugar and full of antioxidants.



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