MizzFit, our fashion-trend friend at www.mizzfit.com, commented recently about eating more fashionably for fitness. The idea is to slow it down and SAVOR! Fast food is, well, fast! And not particularly satisfying, because you just end up wanting more and more! Her favorite suggestion is to pair something delectable, like almond or cashew butter with carrots, celery or jicama strips. Much healthier, satisfying, and rather elegant!
· Pair smooth with crunch. For smooth think nut butters, humus, canola oil based dips, and aioli. For crunch think vegetables like organic carrots, conventional cauliflower, jimaca, fennel, organic celery – and skip the crackers!
· Fruits solo. No need to spend a lot of time making a fruit salad. Serve finger fruits. Just wash and leave them au natural with stems and leaves intact. Think lounging in a toga. Buy organic if you can. Grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries are just the start. So elegant. If you must, dip in mascarpone with honey for a treat.
· It’s the pits. Buy olives with pits intact. Slows you down to notice the wonderful flavors. Buy lots of different types and discuss the relative merits as you nibble.
· Apples and Pears are a great alternative to chips and crackers. Buy organic and slice into clever wedges and use them to dip into almost anything! Go savory! Try nut butters, or gorgonzola in some cream cheese. Then there is sweet with cinnamon sugar, or a honey dip, and my favorite, caramel.
· Dried fruit and nuts. Mix up trail mix with your favorite flavors. Go to the bulk section of your coop or grocery to save money and fuel your creativity. Savor slowly by serving in mini cupcake cups.
· Citrus! It’s like natural sorbet. Just cut up conventionally grown into easy to bite off chunks, skin and all! Try all the variations of oranges and grapefruits, and give the exotics a try too!
Recipe: Curry Dip with Cauliflower Florets
Anne Kelly’s favorite recipe from her Mother-in-Law Grace
A sure-fire, so simple-you-can’t-believe-it, hit appetizer
1 head of cauliflower broken up into bite size florets
Dip: (Make one day ahead for full flavor)
1 cup canola mayonnaise
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp horseradish sauce
Serve dip in a lovely small bowl in the center of the cauliflower on a plate.
That’s it! You’ll be amazed that it will be the first thing to disappear from your buffet.