Healthy Snacks to Eat While You Watch the World Series

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So the San Francisco Giants are back in the World Series and everybody is freaking out. I’m an A’s fan, but I’ll root for any Bay Area team in the World Series. I’m also at the beginning of a seasonal detox so my snacks have to be built on real food.  And so I’ve been busy trying to come up with some tasty things that my detox clients can snack on while they watch Bumgarner & co. smoke the Royals. Following are my top five snacks to take to a World Series party. All of them are gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and delicious.  Share them and eat them without blowing your detox plan or feeling sick and sorry in the morning.

1. Baked Zucchini Chips:  Preheat oven to 250. Slice a zucchini into thin {1/4 inch} coins. Toss with coconut oil and salt and pepper. Bake until crispy- somewhere around 45 minutes. Enjoy.

2. White Bean Dip: Great for zucchini chips, carrot sticks, flax crackers, sliced red peppers, celery, etc. Drain and rinse a regular can of white beans. Put it in the food processor and slowly add olive oil until you have a creamy base, around 1/8 of a cup.  Add 1-2 cloves of garlic, a pinch of cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Baked Garbanzo Beans: Preheat your oven to 400. Drain and rinse a can of garbanzo beans. Dry them well and toss with melted coconut oil (a couple of tablespoons) and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne (or whatever spices you like) to taste. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy. Yummmmmm.

4. Salmon in Endive: Cut the bottom off a head of endive. Wash and dry well. Add a smudge of good quality mustard to each leaf. In a small bowl, take a can of wild salmon, drained and rinsed, and add 1/8-1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk or enough olive oil to get a consistency you like. Add + salt and pepper to taste. Put a spoonful in each endive leaf and top with a bit of fresh dill and a few capers.

5. Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: I saved this one for last since it’s basically heaven wrapped around goodness and sprinkled with love.  Take the pits out of a half pound of Medjool dates. (Dried apricots work well here too.) Put an almond and a small bit of Irish cheddar (or any other cheese you like) into each pitted date. Take a 1 lb package of organic, nitrite- and nitrate-free bacon and cut the slices across so that each slice is half length. Wrap each of  your stuffed dates with a piece of bacon and secure with a  toothpick. Put these little bits of goodness into a glass baking dish lined with foil and cook for 50 minutes to an hour, until your bacon is done.

That’s all for now. I have a birthday party to bake for this week so tune in Thursday for a cake recipe so healthy I was happy to feed it to my baby.

Until then, GO GIANTS!!!!

xo Kirsten

 

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Detox is for anyone who wants their body to feel and look its best. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

 

 

 

 

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