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Over the last couple weeks I tended my neighbor’s garden while they were on vacation. After making vats and vats of fresh salsa (which don’t get me wrong is delicious) I needed something new to use the bushels of tomatoes I harvested over the weekend. And, I needed forced portion control on all the blue corn tortilla chips that were involved in eating all the salsa.

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In my pantry I had a can of organic garbanzo beans, garlic and just picked basil from right outside my door as well. That was the beginning of this smooth, creamy, full-of-flavor dip. I also recently purchased a Blendtec from Costco, which is my new favorite piece of kitchen equipment, totally worth the investment.

Along with hummus, the blender creams almonds, spinach and frozen fruit like you wouldn’t believe. I then drizzled hummus over sliced, home grown tomatoes sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper. A great appetizer or side dish with grilled chicken or fish. Sort of a twist on Italian caprese salad. If you eat dairy feel free to add a few thin slices of fresh mozzarella.

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If you’re looking for a new way to use fresh tomatoes or boost the flavor of fresh or grilled veggies this is a recipe for you. Clean, nutritious and summer flavor-full.

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CREAMY BASIL HUMMUS
gluten & dairy free
makes 16 servings

• 15 oz can ORGANIC GARBANZO BEANS, with liquid
• 1/2 LEMON, juiced
• 2 cloves GARLIC
• 3/4 cup FRESH BASIL, loosely packed (or to taste)
• 2 tbsp OLIVE OIL, EXTRA VIRGIN, cold pressed
• SEA SALT AND PEPPER, to taste

In a blender or food processor add beans with liquid, fresh lemon juice, basil, sea salt, pepper and olive oil. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Serve drizzled over fresh tomatoes sprinkled with sea salt and pepper, or as a dip with fresh or grilled veggies (broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, carrots, celery, etc).

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING: Calories 45, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Total Carbohydrate 5g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 0g, Protein 1g

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STRETCH OF THE WEEK

My friend Rebecca, a chiropractor at 4:40 Chiropractic, has some great stress and tension relieving exercises on her website. I’ve been obsessively doing the one for neck paint and tightness (my trouble spot). It’s amazing and I’ve noticed a huge difference since doing.

Here is the link if you want to check out the stretches with step-by-step pictures: http://www.440chiro.com/?page_id=164

Scalene (neck) Stretch

Part 1) Sit or stand tall, bring right ear to right shoulder, use your right hand to provide a little more pressure, touching the right temple. Hold for 20-30 seconds, then switch. Perform 3 times on each side (Stretches the middle scalene)

Part 2) Sit tall and bring your left ear to your left shoulder blade. Place your left hand on the right side of your forehead to provide a deeper stretch. Hold 20-30 seconds, then switch sides. (stretches the front anterior scalene)

Part 3) Sit tall, bring your left ear to the front of your right shoulder and look down, place your left hand on the back of the left side of your head and pull gently until you feel a stretch. Hold 20-30 seconds and switch to the opposite side. Perform 3x each side. (Back posterior scalene)

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