Recipe: Tahini

Tahini can be convenient to buy at most grocery stores, but expensive.  It’s incredibly simple to make yourself.  Providing you have:

  • coffee/spice grinder
  • food processor
  • frying pan or microwave if toasting the seeds

Then hit the bulk foods section of your grocery store for some sesame seeds!  If there’s vitamin K in sesame seeds, it’s so low there’s no concern.  There’s some real benefit to eating sesame/tahini:

  • The copper in sesame seeds is good for Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Magnesium supports vascular and respiratory health
  • Calcium helps prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraines and PMS
  • Zinc for bone health
  • Phytosterols lower cholesterol

Additional tips:

  • It’s worth finding a store with a decent bulk foods section for various things – sugar, spices, nuts, oatmeal and such.  You can save a lot.
  • The nice part about tahini is that if the sesame and oil separates – just mix it up again.

When Life gives you tahini, make hummus! 🙂

Ode to the Avocado

You can search and find numerous articles that extol the virtues of the avocado. This is my favourite article.  Lifting from the best:

With lots of calories and being high in fat (85% of its calories come from fat) – it’s good fat. Avocado’s support for heart and blood vessels might be surprising to some people who think about avocado as too high in fat for heart health.  Heart health is improved by intake of oleic acid (the primary fatty acid in avocado) and by intake of omega-3 fatty acids (provided by avocado in the form of alpha-linolenic acid and in the amount of 160 milligrams per cup). Since elevated levels of homocysteine form a key risk factor for heart disease, and since B vitamins are very important for healthy regulation of homocysteine levels, avocado’s significant amounts of vitamin B-6 and folic acid provide another channel of heart support.

There’s avocado’s ability to help prevent osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis…  And that avocado helps prevent the occurrence of cancers in the mouth, skin, and prostate gland…

Starting to see why it’s recommended that you consume at least half an avocado a day?  Avocado’s are also low in Vitamin K, but 1 cup/150 grams of avocado does provide ~35% of the Daily Value (DV).  All things in moderation…

Lots serve avocado by the slice or cube in recipes.  I currently find guacamole (recipe) works for me – I can use it as a mayonnaise substitute with tuna, a topping on pasta (recipe) or pizza, garnish in a pita pocket or English muffin.  You can read here about how to minimize the browning.