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Winter White Bean Dip – Recipe + Health Benefits

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Cleansing, Recipes | 2 Comments

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Did you know that the herbs and flavours that you add to your food can have medicinal properties?  Check out this winter white bean dip. The garlic, lemon and rosemary help to nourish your body in the cold weather. Read on for health benefits and the recipe for an amazing bean dip that is perfect for this chilly weather.

Health Benefits

  • Rosemary – an antibacterial and digestive aid, rosemary helps to ward off colds and flus, and helps to promote digestion. Rosemary also acts as a circulatory stimulant, meaning that it helps to nourish your nervous system in the cold weather.
  • Garlic – known as nature’s antibiotic, garlic has both antibiotic and antiviral properties. It helps to promote cardiovascular health and increases circulation.
  • Lemon – did you know that lemons contain more vitamin C than oranges? Vitamin C helps to boost immunity in the cold winter months.
  • White kidney beans – also known as cannellini beans, white kidney beans are a great winter food. Winter, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is known as kidney season. Some cultures eat foods that resemble a part of the body in order to strengthen that part of the body. This is why many winter recipes call for kidney and adzuki beans, because they look like our kidneys.
  • Fresh vegetables (to dip) – although they’re cold and crunchy and may cool the body down a lot, fresh veggies contain loads of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. We need these nutrients to keep us healthy in the colder months and to keep our skin glowy.
Winter White Bean Dip
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can white beans (buy Eden Organic, as cans are BPA-free), rinsed and drained
  2. 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  3. ½ lemon, juiced
  4. 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary (add more if you like)
  5. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Serve with cut up carrots, radishes, raw beets, celery and a little cucumber.
Notes
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2 Comments

  1. awoni3
    January 9, 2014

    That sounds simply wonderful, can’t wait to try it!

    Reply

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