Nibbles can be a challenge when trying to lose or maintain your weight. When you are hungry and cheeses, pastries creamy dips and chippies are the only things on offer (as is so often the case), any resolve to be healthy can easily go out the window.
Solution – next time you entertain, keep your nibbles very light. Vegetable and fruit based options allow people to be sociable without killing their appetite for food to come.
Pea pesto is a favourite of mine – it can be whipped up in a couple of minutes and is yummy served with vegetable sticks, wholegrain french bread or rice crackers. The vibrant green colour looks good too. Try it next time you are entertaining!
Makes 1 cup
1 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 spring onion, finely sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender. It may be a little stiff to start with but it gets softer as the peas thaw out.
Healthy habits – apply to other recipes
- base dips around vegetables. Peas are high in fibre so a good choice to use
- serve with vegetable sticks; carrots, celery and red pepper add colour, texture and nutrients