Wow. Tzatziki. I thank my Greek friends for inventing this amazing condiment. Traditionally it is made with Greek yogurt and you know me...no dairy :( So I had to come up with an invention of my own. How to make my own delicious diary free tzatziki. I channeled my inner-Greek and out came one of my most favorite recipes. First though, lets talk sunflower seeds.
The benefits of this seed were SO surprising! They are very inexpensive and so I tend to gravitate towards buying them mostly for that reason; however, upon doing research on the fats and the health rating on these babies, I found out my new favorite reason why ill be using them more often. Here's why:
Sunflower seeds have a high content of Vitamin E. Vitamin E travels through the body and neutralizes free radicals (they damage the parts of essential cells in the body like DNA and proteins etc - this is bad news). Because of this, (I can start a sentence with 'Because'...because this is my blog and I go against the grain, people!) vitamin E has great anti-inflammatory effects which helps alleviate people with arthritis and asthma. Vitamin E also helps reduce the risk of colon cancer and helps lessen the frequency and severity of hot flashes in women!
Sunflower seeds have high amounts of the mineral, selenium. Wohoo, right? You should be jumping for joy, because just a handful of sunflower seeds full of this stuff, can help repair damaged DNA cells and can prevent the growth of cancer cells. Selenium also aids in the detoxification of dangerous molecules in the liver.
I hope you've learned something here, and I really hope you like this recipe!
1/2 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 Tbsp fresh dill, minced
1/3 cucumber, peeled, guts scooped out and diced
Combine seeds, oil, lemon juice and s+p in a bowl and use an immersion blender (or use a blender or food processor) to mix. Blend for 2-3 minutes until desired consistence
Stir in dill and cucumber