Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Real Fast Food - Broccoli with Almonds
In my house we sometimes get a serious case of the run-hungries. This happens when you run or workout in the morning and rev up your metabolism. Anywhere between 2:00 and 4:30 pm you are suddenly attacked by severe all-consuming hunger.
Doesn't matter what you had for breakfast. Doesn't matter what you had for lunch. You probably balanced your protein, fat, and carbohydrates in glorious whole foods splendour. In fact you might just be the poster child for healthy lifestyle. Look up "perfect" in the dictionary....there is your picture. Irrelevant. You've got the run-hungries and you need to eat. Now!
Typically veggies aren't always the first thing that come to mind when we need something quick. But if you choose a great vegetable that you love to eat and add some protein and healthy fat you'll be surprised at how satisfying the snack can be.
The Broccoli and Almonds dish below takes minutes to make and uses ingredients most of us have in our kitchens. You can eat this dish as an afternoon snack or add some fish or meat and a salad and call it dinner. If you aren't near a kitchen in the afternoons make this ahead of time (the night before for dinner and then keep some leftovers?) and pack some to go. It's great cold or you can reheat it.
I don't need to tell you that ALL of the ingredients in this dish are low glycemic index power foods packed with the nutrients that your body needs. So you will be fuelling your body with the good stuff to recover from exercise and keeping your tummy happy.
Broccoli with Almonds
1 bunch of broccoli, cut into large pieces
1 tbsp of toasted sesame seed oil
1 cup (or more) of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1-2 cloves garlic, sliced or crushed
1/2 cup raw almonds chopped
1 tbsp of butter (optional)
In a large deep frying pan (or saucepan) with a lid put enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and heat on medium-high heat. Add broccoli and cover with lid, stirring occasionally. When the broccoli is just soft enough to be pierced with a fork add oil, tomatoes, garlic and nuts. With lid off toss frequently until all the ingredients are warm and just a bit golden. Add butter if you are using it and toss. Share with a friend but only if you really really really like them.
Thanks for reading Getting Healthy with NP Sam.