This post is sponsored by Simply7 Snacks
One of my favorite healthy living quotes is: “It’s easier to add than subtract.” It is also easier to swap than remove! In the spirit of getting healthier in 2016, here are several swaps I’m working on making:
- Ending my day with reading instead of TV. No, I’m not giving up on Survivor or Downton Abbey – that’s subtracting! – but I’m adding in some reading to the end of my night and replacing some of my TV time with a good book. I love to read under the covers at night! Send me your latest good book recommendations : )
- Meeting friends for tea instead of alcohol. I always ask myself what are ways to socialize that don’t involve drinking, eating or spending lots of money. Coffee and tea dates are a good one! Another is meeting for a walk or hike. Both involve nourishing the body and good conversation.
- Super food smoothies for breakfast. I’ve never been one to get on board with vegetable scrambles for breakfast, but green smoothies I can totally do. They are a great way for me to get an extra serving of greens in my day, especially when I’m not eating so many salads in the wintertime. Adding in frozen berries delivers a double dose of antioxidants.
- Sardines once a week. Woe is me – I am always trying to get more sardines! One way to initiate the craving is to have delicious new chips and crackers on which to eat them. See the rest of this post for a new variety!!
- Less snacks and more play for Mazen. Mazen needs some healthy swaps too! When he’s out on the playground he’s too busy having fun to want to snack all afternoon – and he eats better dinners too!
Back to that sardine delivery method! I’m partnering with Simply7 Snacks for this post and they were a delicious way to share this Curried Sardine Tapenade recipe. My stance on this chips: if you’re going to eat chips, you might as well make them as nutrient-packed as you can! Sure eating a head of raw kale might be the healthiest option, but these are a fun way to enjoy foods in different forms.
The chips come in four varieties made from real food – kale, lentil, quinoa and hummus.
I used the lentil chips to make little bowls for the sardines. Party appetizer anyone!? (Ha, just kidding! I wouldn’t serve sardines at a party….or would I! Mwahahaha)
Start with one tin of sardines and a chopped carrot and 1/4 a bell pepper –
Add in spices – I used curry, smoked paprika, and garlic salt
Plus capers and dijon mustard!
Mash, mash, mash. Don’t look!
Stir in your chopped veggies –
Season to taste…
Serve with Simply7 Snacks!
Curried Sardine Tapenade
- 1 tin sardines
- 1/4 bell pepper minced
- 1 carrot minced
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 2 heaping tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp capers
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mince veggies
- Mash sardines in a bowl with all ingredients.
- Mix everything well!
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And here’s a coupon for $1 off any bag to try!
Thanks to Simply7 Snacks for sponsoring this post and getting me to eat more sardines : )