Pine Nut, Tomato and Apple Dip

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tomato pinenuts dip

This recipe is simple to make, 100% raw and delicious.  It’s jam packed with flavor, using a combination of sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and an apple.  You can enjoy this as a snack with rice cakes, beef jerky, biltong, crackers, and vegetable sticks.  I love using it as a sandwich spread.  You can even mix in some hummus for an even tastier treat!  This dip is chock-full of enzymes and ideal for weight loss!

Ingredients

3/4 cup pine nuts – preferably organic (soaked for 2 hours, then drained)
1 apple, peeled, cored, and quartered
5 baby tomatoes or 1 tomato, chopped
4 sun-dried tomatoes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp tamari soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until creamy, adding a little water as needed if you want it thin. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and serve with vegetables sticks, crackers, biltong, beef jerky, bread, or rice cakes.

Soaking Time: 2 hours/Preparation Time: 10 minutes/Storage: will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days

Health Benefits of Pine Nuts

  • Pine nuts are a dieter’s dream! They contain pinolenic acid, which is thought to stimulate two hunger suppressant hormones that help to diminish your appetite.
  • They are loaded with vitamin C, which is great for giving your immune system a boost.
  • These nuts are loaded with vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron and manganese. You’d be silly not to eat pine nuts!
  • Pine nuts contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • They provide an excellent source of B-complex vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B-6 and folates.
  • Pine nuts will contribute in making you feel and look young. Thanks to its antioxidants, pine nuts will help protect the cells of your body from free radical damage.
  • Energy powerhouse! Thanks to iron and magnesium, pine nuts will give you energy and alleviate fatigue.

 raw food dip

A variation from Christine Bailey’s book The Raw Food Diet

Winter Superfoods

If changing your bad eating habits tops your resolution list for 2013, you are not alone.  Many of us have vowed to eat healthier and exercise more.  Losing weight ranks number one on the list of New Year’s resolutions, yet according to Statistic Brain, only 8% actually achieve their goals.

The gyms are jam packed with people promising to lose weight this new year, however, within a month or two, those once die hard gym fanatics have given up.  I want you to be that 8%.  The most important thing you must do is eat more wholesome foods and less junk.  Making better food choices will enable you to lose weight and keep it off.  Eating healthy is possible during the cold winter months.  Here are my top foods to eat this first month of the year.  These five superfoods are nutritious and rich in nutrients.  Best of all, these foods will strengthen your immune system, keep you young, and make you look and feel more beautiful.

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.

– Thomas Edison

grapefruit

parsnips

sweet potatoes

kale

carrots