Thursday, April 28, 2011

Health for Life Picnic in May

Black Bean Burgers It's picnic and bar-b-q season and just because you choose to eat healthy doesn't mean you have to feel left out at family gatherings. Pack your own Black Bean Burger to the party and no one will know the difference. I've always loved burgers and switching to bean burgers was virtually painless. With all the condiments you can hardly tell a difference. OK, maybe that's an overstatement for your die-hard carnivore but they really are delicious! These burgers will be served on a sprouted wheat bun with home-made ketchup, mustard, French Onion Dip, avocado, fresh from the garden lettuce, and organic tomatoes.

Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries

These little orange gems are superior to my french fries of yesterday. Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene which supplies you double the RDA of vitamin A. But don't worry! Vitamin A in its whole food form is not toxic when excess is taken in. Your body knows exactly what to do with that excess. However, when taken in supplemental form, too much Vitamin A is toxic and increases your risk of liver cancer. Sweet potatoes also supply a good amount of fiber, vitamin C and iron.
These "fries" are oven baked with a touch of spice and no oil is used!

French Onion Dip w/ Raw Vegetables
We Americans love to dip and I'm no exception. Unfortunately most dips are loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol and way too much sodium. The main ingredient in the original recipe for this French Onion Dip was nuts. Since this stuff is very addicting,
I wanted to cut the fat so I've added some white beans. The beans add another nutritional dimension to this dip and if you replace some of the nuts with seeds and dunk some raw broccoli, you've got your "beans, seeds, and greens" which Dr. Fuhrman says is a excellent nutritional combination.

Strawberry Ice Cream
Summer time is ice cream time! And this is the season for strawberries, which just happen to go perfect with ice cream!
My ice creams are dairy free, cholesterol free, and are low in saturated fat. No extracted oils or processed sugar are ever used. Strawberries are one of the dirty dozen so I always use organic!
This ice cream is the perfect dessert to top off any picnic or bar-b-q. Contain nuts.

And there you have it! Health for Life Picnic for May! Class dates are Wednesday May 18 and Tuesday May 24 and we begin at 6:00 pm. If the weather is nice, we will dine on the patio!
Hope to see you in class.

Must pre-register by contacting April at

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