That moment when you crave something creamy but junk food is not an option…I have the most perfect healthy snack option for you and you will feel like you are having something really decadent! Labneh is Middle Eastern strained yoghurt that is very high in protein, Calcium and probiotics making it a true superfood in its own right. It is readily available in most supermarkets these days, all you have to do is to team it up with the right foods to make it a healthy and nutritious snack and it will definitely stop you from dreaming of ice cream or biscuits around 3pm slump.
Ingredients: (1 portion)
– 90 gr of Labneh (approximately 3 full table spoons)
– 2 pieces of white chicory ( also known as endive)
– 10 green olives
– 1 tea spoon of extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tea spoons of Zaatar dressing
– pinch of pepper
1. Put Labneh in a small bowl and add olive oil on top without mixing the oil in.
2. Add Zaatar on top of the oil and yoghurt and let sit for 1-2 minutes allowing the oil to take on Zaatar flavour. Add a pinch of pepper on top.
3. Wash and dry chicory. Carefully take the leaves off. The leaves should resemble small boats ready to be loaded with Labneh.
4. Put olives in a separate bowl and you are ready to indulge yourself!
If you cannot find Labneh then you can easily substitute it for a traditional yoghurt – Greek or fat free will depend on the nutrition program you are on or if cholesterol is the problem for you. Traditional yoghurt is an equally good source of protein and probiotics which are vital for good gut health and immunity. I deliberately omitted adding salt to this healthy snack as yoghurt and cultured dairy in general have a fantastic tangy taste, adding just a pinch of black pepper and good amount of Zaatar really makes adding salt unnecessary as this combination is a true explosion of flavours. Teaming dairy with a good source of mono- unsaturated fat in form of olives is an excellent idea if you want to take care of your cholesterol levels and increase you antioxidants intake. If chicory is not your thing as it can be a bit bitter (which is a fantastic food to eat if you want to do a liver cleanse) then you can substitute it for Romaine lettuce or even good old sliced cucumbers!
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits