Sweet + Spice = everything nice

Happy Summer Solstice everyone! I hope you have enjoyed your day with the sun shining on your face and the wind blowing on your back!

Today was a pretty lazy day for us. I anticipated playing outside but it’s been pretty dreary and is storming now.

I was brewing up some iced coffee and got motivated to use my hands in the kitchen. I decided to make a recipe from http://www.ohsheglows.com This was something I saw posted on twitter the other day. Although, she typically makes it in the fall, I found it to be a wonderful, light summer dinner. I added a kiwi and found it to be quite filling.

It was so simple to make and really refreshing. One thing I love about food is the healing properties it contains. Outside of the creativity and art piece, this is definitely up there with reasons why I am obsessed with food. So, in light of that I thought I would share some fun facts with you.

Did you know that not only do sweet potatoes taste like dessert but they contain a wealth of orange-hued carotenoid pigments. In countries throughout Africa, in India and in the Caribbean, sweet potatoes have been shown to be a highly effective way of providing school age children with sizable amounts of their daily vitamin A.

In some studies, sweet potatoes have been shown to be a better source of bioavailable beta-carotene than green leafy vegetables. Because sweet potatoes are available in many countries on a virtual year-round basis, their ability to provide us with a key antioxidant like beta-carotene makes them a standout antioxidant food.

And coconut oil provides a ton of healing benefits. These include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

Chickpeas provide an excellent source of molybdenum.  They are a very
good source of folic acid, fiber, and manganese.  They are also a good source of protein, as well as minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, and magnesium.  As a good source of fiber, garbanzo beans can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels.  This makes them a great food
especially for diabetics and insulin-resistant individuals.  When served with high quality grains, garbanzo beans are an excellent low fat, complete protein.

Cinnamon packs a punch as well. It has anti-Clotting and anti-Microbial actions, Blood Sugar Control, it boosts Brain Function, it’s Calcium and Fiber protect against Heart Disease and improve Colon Health, among other things.

Ingredients as follows:

Large sweet potato.

1 can cooked chickpeas

2 tbs Coconut oil

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sea salt

1 onion (I didnt have)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425

Line pan

Mix cooked chickpeas and cut sweet potato in large bowl. Add in 1 tbs coconut oil and cinnamon + sea salt. Mix together. Then line on pan.

Cook for 36-40 minutes.

Take out and put back in bowl. Add 1 tbs coconut oil and additional sea salt if desired.

I hope you enjoy this simple meal  as much as I did and know that it is not only providing you with nutrition + delicious but also bringing healing to your body at the same time. What more could we ask for?

What are your plans for summer solstice? Any fun picnics, workouts or get togethers planned?

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