When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Time for a dip

It's time for a dip... not quite yet in a pool or a lake, though that time is coming soon, too, and we can't wait! Today I'm talking about a nutritious, tasty dip that makes a satisfying snack just right for this time of year. With these recipes for homemade guacamole and white bean dip, it's quick and easy to refuel busy bodies who have been out enjoying the sunshine and the many outdoor activities that spring and summer bring.

I think homemade guacamole is one of the most delicious snacks going, and because avocados are full of heart-healthy fats, this dip is good for you, too!

To make your own guacamole, you will need:

2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
sea salt, to taste
juice of one lime, freshly squeezed

In a small bowl, mash avocados with a fork, leaving some lumps to give your guacamole a nice texture.
Add diced tomato, onion and salt, and mix ingredients together.
Add lime juice and stir.

Guacamole is perfect served with toasted pita triangles, brown rice crisps or gluten-free seed crackers, or spread onto brown rice cakes.

This recipe for white bean dip is based on one from Today's Parent Magazine and has been a staple in our house for awhile. The beans are a good source of both fibre and protein and make for a hearty snack.

To make white bean dip, you will need:

1 small clove of garlic
1 540mL can of white kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I use no-salt-added beans)
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
sea salt and pepper to taste

Mince the clove of garlic by dropping it into a food processor with the motor running. Turn off motor and add kidney beans, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, sea salt and pepper. Process dip until smooth.

Serve this delicious dip with your favourite raw veggies and enjoy!

The lakes and pools might be too cold for swimming yet, but you can go for a dip in one of these quick and healthy concoctions anytime! (No bathing suits or towels required.) Hope you're all enjoying the sunshine this week!

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