Heading to cottage country for the long weekend ahead? Looking forward to rest and relaxation, but a little worried about all the packing and preparation ahead? Nervous about staying on track with your health goals with all of the tempting go-to snacks? You’re not alone!
It’s challenging to not think of all of traditional snacks and bevvies, like chips and dip, BBQ meats, cold beer, chilled wine, and fire-side s'mores. Not only can some of our summer long-weekend favourites be super toxic for our bodies, they can set into motion unhealthy eating habits. You don’t have to give up all those treats. Sometimes the best solution is to come up with some healthy alternatives that give you all the pleasure without the guilt!
Bodhi Bar is here to spark your creativity in coming up with healthy alternatives and we want to hear about your favourite healthy summer recipes! Share your favourite cottage country concoctions in the comments section below and get a personal discount code to save 10% off all Bodhi Bar 6 packs. Keep coming back to look at some of our followers favourite dockside delectables and our take on healthy alternatives.
- Grilled portobello mushrooms instead of grilled beef
- Healthier smore’s versus the unhealthy variety
- Cold-brewed organic tea instead of sugary pop
- Crunchy veggies and hummus versus greasy chips and dip
- Bodhi Bar cold-pressed organic cold-pressed juice instead of pasteurized OJ
GREASY CHIPS AND CHEMICAL DIP? OR FRESH CRUNCHY VEGGIES AND YUMMY HUMMUS!
Butylhydroxytoluene, commonly known as BHT, is often used to preserve packaged foods, like chips. BHT is a cancer-causing chemical! While we love our chips for their salty crunch, the crispiness comes from slim slices being fried in trans fats that increase the risk of heart disease. Did we mention the MSG? Monosodium glutamate is often disguised under “spices” in the ingredient list. As if those crunchy salty things weren’t tempting enough...Mono-sodium glutamate keeps us coming back for more with its addictive flavour-enhancing qualities. MSG and trans fats are prevalent in that dip too!!
You can still get all the crunch with fresh crispy veggies and yuminess from simple-to-make hummus! No chemicals or hydrogenated fats. This is healthy stuff! We’re happy to share one of our favourite hummus recipes too:
- 1 can (15-ounces or 440 g) or 1 1/2 cups (246 g) cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons (30 g) tahini
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
- 1/2 cup (90 g) jarred roasted red pepper
- 2 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil or liquid from can
- Cayenne pepper, to taste, for serving
- Combine all the ingredients except the oil (or water) and cayenne. in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine and then scrape down the sides. With the motor running, stream in the oil (or water) through the feed tube.
- Continue to run the motor until you reach the desired consistency; I like to let it for for 5 minutes to get it really smooth.
- Add more salt, lemon juice, or hot sauce, to taste, and then sprinkle with cayenne pepper before serving. Angela’s note: I also sprinkled it with cumin, smoked paprika, and more hot sauce.
Don't forget to share your favourite Healthy Long-weekend Recipe in the comments section!