Saturday, 28 March 2015

Snack Inspiration: Bruschetta

Bruschetta is the easiest snack to make, and is incredibly tasty too. My love for antipasti will never falter and nothing sounds better than grilled bread rubbed with garlic, topped with olive oil and fresh tomatoes. 
The only problem with this snack is the garlic. Everyone knows the repercussions of eating something that's been made with garlic, but it's so worth it and your tastebuds will be so grateful for it!

All you'll need is:

- Italian bread (can be made with normal bread but this tastes better grilled, it's not labelled as BEST TOASTING BREAD for nothing!)
- 1 clove of garlic
- Basil and flat leaf parsley (not curly parsley, the Italians insist on flat leaf)
- Olive oil
- Tomatoes
- Salt & Pepper 

Prepare all the ingredients by dicing the tomatoes, herbs and garlic 

Firstly, grill the bread

Secondly, rub the grilled bread with the garlic clove 

Pour a generous amount of olive oil onto the grilled bread and add some to the ingredients 

Top the grilled bread with the tomatoes, herbs and garlic 

Sprinkle salt and pepper to season

All I can say to Bruschetta is I really love you, from my head tomatoes. 

Health benefits:

Tomatoes can thank lycopene for their vibrant redness: the lycopene contributes to healthy bones. High in anti-ageing properties, tomatoes are great for lowering cholesterol and are rich in vitamins A and C. 

Garlic - 
Filled with vitamins, potassium, iron and calcium and can combat sickness, reduce blood pressure and can improve cholesterol levels - all while making food taste a lot better. My great grandmother in Italy used to eat an entire clove of garlic a day because she swore by its health benefits (I feel only a little sorry for my great grandad, my nonna told me how her dad couldn't sleep at night because of this...) and the Italians have a great diet so I'm not going to question it. 

Olive Oil
Swapping butter alongside other less healthy fats for olive oil has been proven to help towards the prevention of a myriad of illnesses, diseases and ultimately, the effects of ageing. The Mediterranean diet (a diet of the longest-living communities) consists of olive oil consumption - and a lot of it. Olive oil can prevent cancers and heart disease too; so pour that oil everywhere! 

Some may wish to substitute bread for something with lower calorie content but 1, who really cares and 2, there are other foods you can eat less of in order to lose weight, and bread is not one of them my friend. 

Those who are wheat intolerant may wish to use gluten/wheat free crackers. 

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