Photo (c) The Nutrition Twins®
Happy Holidays and Meatless Monday! Join me in welcoming Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins®, twin sisters and nationally recognized registered dietitians and personal trainers and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure. These health-wise women are here to share a snack-happy, party-perfect vegan recipe and amazing nutrition tips from their new book, which debuts in January 2014. Would you believe there's a food fix for puffy eyes??? Be sure to visit their website for details. You're gonna bookmark and share this sumptuous, smart post! :-) - Belinda
Guacamole Stuffed Tomato Poppers
Photo and recipe from The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure
These vegan poppers are the perfect party pleasers and make great appetizers. They’ll fill you up with their nutrients and fiber so you won’t be ravenous and overdo it on the not-so-healthy party items. They are so much fun to eat and when you pop one in your mouth a creamy flavorful burst explodes. It’s hard to believe you get 6 grams of fiber from a serving of these creamy babies; yep, they’ll help to stabilize blood sugar and prevent energy crashes. And the fat is coming from the “good for you fats” in the avocado.
Prep: 15 minutes
1 mashed garlic clove
20 cherry tomatoes
1 mashed avocado
1 juice of a lime
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)
1 small diced mango
1. Crush garlic and set aside for 5 minutes to release its healthy boosting effect.
2. Wash cherry tomatoes and cut tops off. Carefully cut a sliver off the bottom to help them stand up. Be careful not to cut too deep to make an opening on the bottom. Using a melon baller or knife, scoop out the insides until hollow.
3. In a bowl, mix together mashed avocado, lime juice, garlic and cilantro.
4. Cut mango into tiny cubes so they will fit nicely in the cherry tomatoes.
Did you know that one serving of mangos provides 100% of your daily vitamin C and 35% of your vitamin A, both important antioxidant nutrients? Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.
Serves: 4 (5 tomatoes per serving)
Per serving: Calories 186; total fat 8 g; saturated fat 1 g; cholesterol 0 mg; sodium 17 mg; carbohydrates 30 g; dietary fiber 6 g; sugars 11 g; protein 4 g
Percent Daily Value:
Vitamin A: 28% Vitamin C: 78%
Iron: 7% Calcium: 9%
The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure and Guacamole Stuffed Tomato Poppers
We’d love for you to think of Veggie Cure as your go-to bible to help you get what you want in life when it comes to health, energy, or beauty! We’ve done all the scientific research work for you. We’ve purposefully laid out the book so you can easily zip on over to the chapter which addresses your specific goal. In each chapter you'll find our recommended veggie prescription— a discerning list of the most potent vegetables to give you what you want! Plus we clearly explain why those vegetables work their magic.
Each chapter also highlights several vegetable superstars – alongside delicious recipes which correspond to your veggie prescription. For example, if you frequently feel bloated and want to flush all of that puffiness that your body is holding, you’ll turn to “Beat the Bloat and Clean the Pipes.” When you get there you’ll discover which vegetables help you get rid of those swollen fingers and belly – and why. (Pssssst…. Two of our favorite anti-bloat veggies are fennel and artichoke!) Next up, we’ll share temptilicious recipes to make with these veggies. You’ll see options like Fennel Stuffed Potatoes, Golden Gazpacho in Petite Cucumber Cradles, Roasted Fennel, Rockin’ Ratatouille, Tomato Artichoke Pasta Bake, Artichoke Hummus, and Parmesan Baked Artichoke and their complete recipes in the back of the book. Choose a recipe, give it a try, and you’ll be well on your way to a flat stomach and puff-free eyes.
Regardless of your goal –or which chapter you turn to first—this book takes you by the hand, guiding you step by step to a better, happier, healthier you.
Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins®, are twin sisters and nationally recognized registered dietitians and personal trainers and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure, Fire Up Your Metabolism and The Secret To Skinny. They are media go-to’s and have been featured as experts on major TV shows/ networks and popular press ranging from The Doctors, Good Morning America Health, Fox and Friends and Discovery Health to USA Today, Health Magazine and Vogue. www.NutritionTwins.com