Dear Belly Dancers,
I want to start by sharing with you my path with diet & life style. From my point of view to be a healthy dancer, we also need to eat healthy food and to maintain a healthy life style. So, lets start with Recipe number 1 – hope you will enjoy!
SPELT TAGLIATELLE WITH ASPARAGUS AND GREEN BEANS
I started with the Pasta, bring the water to boil, once starts boiling add organic Himalayan salt. Add the pasta and check in the package how long you need to cook it for (al dente is my favourite). In the meanwhile, I washed and cut the endings of the Green beans, and did the same with the Asparagus (this one I cut only one end, the head is pretty delicious). I steam them to retain the vital nutrients and all the goodness so I cooked until al dente – you this from the dark green colour. If you want to keep the nutrients, please dont over cook them.
Once the pasta is ready, drain the water and add a little bit of Ghee (clarified butter) or Organic Butter, as well as salt & ground black pepper & off course for veggies & vegan, add some Nutritional Yeast instead of cheese.
Leave it for a minute and add the green beans! The dish is nearly ready, so to be extra healthy, add chia seeds* & sunflower seeds* and this is a perfect healthy meal for the weekend!
*Chia seeds benefits: A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1, 2):
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
Chia seeds are high in antioxidants that help to protect the delicate fats in the seeds. Chia seeds are 40% fiber, by weight. This makes them one of the best sources of fiber in the world – Fiber also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, which is important because keeping your gut bugs well fed is absolutely crucial for health.
Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macro-nutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings. You can order a bottle of Chia Seed Oil in the UK from here to use as a supplement too!
*Sunflower seeds benefits: Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Magnesium is also necessary for healthy bones and energy production. I recommend this Magnesium supplement for incorporation in daily lifestyle.
**For all you vegans out there, sunflower seeds also contain a small amount of vit B12 😉 Good to consume daily!!!
PS: My intention is to inspire you and not to guide you through of how to make pasta for a family etc, this is why I dont use measurements or quantities. Use your discernment here 😉
Please leave your feedback if like this recipe!
**I bought the Biona organic spelt tagliatelle in case you wish to use the same – http://www.biona.co.uk/product-493-4.html