Friday, April 11, 2008

Ready to Roll
Here's a twist on an old favorite, the BLT. This one could well be called an ALT. Avocado replaces the bacon providing a rich, creamy, unctuous mouth feel along with great flavor and a good dose of vitamins and minerals, including some healthy fat.

A whole wheat wrap with a little almonaise, slivered Romaine leaves, diced tomato and Haas avocado sprinkled with a light dusting of Sea Seasonings — Triple Blend Flakes of Dulse, Laver and Sea Lettuce— provides a tasty, healthy, lunch.

Don't be put off by the high calorie count of an avocado. This little wonder is a dynamite, heart healthy food. An avocado provides an extremely high amount of potassium as well as a healthy blend of calcium and magnesium, Vitamins A and C, zinc, phosphorous and iron, to name a few of the nutrients available from this little green oval. Whether you choose the California or the Florida avocado, adding a bit to sandwiches, salads and salsas is certain to kick up the flavor a notch, but will also provide the body with essentials to help stay healthy. To learn more about the nutritional value of foods, check out this informative site, The World's Healthiest Foods.

Pocket Filler

Broccoli florets, shallots and sweet red bell peppers*, tossed with a little olive oil, dusted with an Italian herb blend from Penzey's, and a pinch of red pepper flakes, roasted off in a 400° oven for 20 minutes, is a mouth-watering combination sure to please even the 'meat and potato' skeptic.

Eaten as a main course, served as a side dish, or used to fill a whole wheat pita pocket, these oven roasted veggies offer such great flavor that it easily puts to rest the mistaken notion that healthy food is blah food.

* Oven roasted red peppers from a jar work just fine with this combination.

Filling meal time with fresh fruit and vegetables is quick, easy and healthy. Try a few meals without meat or dairy. It will help save the planet, while doing wonders for your health.

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