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Like hummus and tzatziki, halva finds its origins in the Mediterranean.

Kiwi is One of the Best Fruits to Make Fruit Leathers
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Healthy Homemade Snack Alternatives, Continued


Tzatziki is another traditional dish in the Mediterranean region. Its base is yogurt. For every one cup of yogurt you use, add ΒΌ cup of diced cucumber, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, a pinch of garlic and salt. It is just that easy. Tzatziki is great as a spread or a sauce and makes a quick lunch meal on the go.


Like hummus and tzatziki, halva finds its origins in the Mediterranean. It is sweet and fragrant, fast and easy to make with a wonder of benefits and nutrients. Halva makes the ideal afternoon energy booster. It is inexpensive and a perfect alternative to chocolate bars.

Honey is the base in halva. For every cup of honey add 2 cups roasted sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon butter and a pinch of salt. Heat the honey, adding the vanilla, butter and salt and bring to a boil for 3 minutes. While you are doing this, dry roast the sesame seeds in a frying pan, shaking every now and then. When they begin to turn golden remove them from the heat. Once the honey base is ready add the seeds and pour onto kitchen paper. Chill. Cut into slices.

Fruit Roll-ups

Excess fruit from the garden is ideal. Plums, cherries, berries, figs all make excellent roll-ups. Puree your favorite fruit. Pour onto kitchen paper or put in a dehydrator. Some batches will require a bit of water added or sugar to balance the flavor. Leave in the sun to dry. It should be a shiny texture and a touch sticky. Cut into strips and roll up until ready to use. Roll ups will store nicely in the refrigerator for six months to a year. They are great alternatives to sweets and fun to eat.

By Jori Sams
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