Why buy hummus dip when it’s so easy to make a delicious, healthier version at home? Many store bought dips taste very processed and contain unhealthy vegetable oils, salt, sugar and preservatives. Some hummus dip recipes can taste a bit bland but not this one. Creamy and smooth, this hummus dip is a favourite healthy snack in our household, eaten with blue corn chips, rice crackers or veggie sticks. It’s an excellent snack for kids’ lunchboxes as well. It can also be used as a topping or sauce on vegetables and quinoa to add flavour. High in protein, it fills you up and gives you long-lasting energy. Make sure you use a good-quality cold pressed, extra-virgin and preferably organic olive oil to get all the health benefits and healthy fats. Raw garlic has many health benefits and is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Sometimes I don’t even add lemon juice and it still tastes creamy and yummy.

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Have you heard that salt is bad for you and reduced your intake? It’s true that we should stay away from plain, old refined table salt but not all salt is bad.

Refined salt is the main reason that salt has such a bad reputation. Refined table salt often contains dangerous anti-caking agents, some of which have been linked to heavy metal toxicity and kidney problems. A preservative that’s common in refined salts is sodium acetate which may cause elevated blood pressure and kidney disturbances. This terrible salt is what is found in most processed foods as well as the food you get in restaurants when you eat out.

Our bodies actually need salt, but we are told it is bad for you because much of the research is based on refined table salt. It’s now becoming more well-known that salt itself is not the problem, it’s the kind of salt that’s causing health problems.

So what kind of salt is good for us?

High-quality, natural sea salt is the best salt and is actually good for you to eat a little daily. It provides many vital minerals and other nutrients that the body can use. It helps to balance your blood sugar, keep your bones strong, regulates your metabolism, boosts your immune system etc.

When shopping for sea salt, be aware that some brands of sea salt are better quality than others so check the label to make sure it is ‘unrefined’. The high-quality ones usually taste much better too. I avoid himalayan rock salt because it is too high in aluminium. A good brand is Real Salt by Redmond and Celtic sea salts are good too.

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These gluten-free sago puddings are a refreshing treat to the warmer weather when served cold and a healthier dessert than most typical desserts. They contain no processed sugar, dairy or gluten. Sago or tapioca pearls are gluten-free and popular in Asian cultures for desserts. I can remember my Mum used to make a plain sago dessert when we were young. She learnt it from her grandmother. Though it’s not popular these days among the younger generations, this delicious dessert is worth making. I have tried to modernize this and make it healthier so everyone can enjoy it. If you add fruit then you may even wish to leave out the sweetener. If you can eat dairy then you could use dairy milk or cream.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups spring water or filtered water
  • 1 cup sago (tapioca pearls)
  • 1 x 400ml can organic coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or stevia equivalent (optional)

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These delicious lamb meatballs are bursting with spice flavours and it’s hard not to eat too many of them. They’re easy to make with ingredients that most people have in their pantry. They are free from gluten as they don’t contain breadcrumbs like most regular meatballs. You could add some almond flour if you wish to mimic regular meatballs but we find that these are so tasty just the way they are. They’re also dairy-free and paleo-friendly. Great for a yummy dinner with veggies, leftovers for lunch or kids’ lunchbox. They’re also great finger food at a get-together or for a quick snack. You can add an egg to help stick the mixture together but I don’t find it’s necessary and adding more proteins makes it harder to digest. The 500 grams of lamb mince is approximate and they worked just fine when we used a bit more meat than that. If the spice flavours are too strong for you, feel free to reduce them a little. Hope you love them as much as we do!

Makes approximately 12 balls

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of lamb mince
  • ½ brown onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

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These delicious quinoa cookies are a much healthier alternative to regular cookies. Regular cookies are made from white flour and processed sugar. White flour and white sugar is terrible for our health and cause a range of health problems including obesity and diabetes. They should be completely avoided.

Quinoa flour is high in fibre, contains protein and is gluten-free. The quinoa flour adds a lightness and fluffiness to the cookies, and makes them moist and delicious. Quinoa flour can be found in health stores. Baking powder often contains aluminium, a toxic metal that causes memory-loss, is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems. An aluminium-free baking powder can be found in health stores. Dark chocolate contains more flavour and less sugar. Try to get a low sugar one. Butter can be used instead of coconut oil if you eat dairy. I place coconut oil in a small glass container and place in preheated oven to melt. It’s best to allow the coconut oil to cool a bit so it doesn’t make the dough runny. Kids will love these and I hope you try them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • ½ teaspoon aluminium-free baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 organic/free-range eggs
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil (or organic butter if you prefer dairy)
  • 2- 3 tablespoons dark chocolate, chopped

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