Looking to Eat Healthy in the New Year? Try This Turkey, Avocado and Nori Wrap

The New Year is a time for new resolutions, and if you are looking to eat healthy, here is a tasty lunch option that you can try instead of hitting up the local fast food restaurant for a value meal, or heating up one of those microwave dinners.

The recipe comes from the “Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook;” a companion piece to the super popular “Great Cholesterol Myth” book by cardiologist Stephen Sinatra and dietician Jonny Bowden. The recipes in the cook book were provided by Deirdre Rawlings and are designed to offer natural ways to prevent heart disease.

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Stress-Less Turkey, Avocado and Veggie Nori Wraps

Turkey is high in protein and the amino acid tryptophan, which produces the feel-good neurochemical serotonin. IN addition to being deliciously tasty, Nori seaweed is a great way to obtain natural iodine, a trace mineral that stimulates the thyroid to produce hormones required for healthy metabolism.

Add avocado is simply icing on the nutrient-rich cake, or wrap, as the case may be.

Ingredients:

♦ 4 raw nori sheets
♦ 4 romaine lettuce leaves
♦ 4 tablespoons bone-strengthening lemon tahini (see recipe below)
♦ 4 slices turkey
♦ 1 cup (50 g) alfalfa sprouts
♦ 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
♦ 1/2 cup (75 g) cherry tomatoes, halved
♦ 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced into quarters
♦ 1/4 cup (60 ml) filtered water

Lay out the nori sheet and place one lettuce leaf across the end. Spread 1 tablespoon (15g) of the tahini on top of the lettuce leaf.

Layer the lettuce leaf with 1/4 of the sprouts, carrot, tomatoes and avocado on top (ensure vegetables are distributed evenly).

Dip your fingers into the water to dampen them and begin rolling the nori sheet into a wrap. The water will make it easy to stick together. Repeat the process with the other three sheets.

Bone-Strengthening Lemon Tahini

♦ 1 cup (240 grams) raw tahini
♦ 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
♦ 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
♦ 1/2 cup (120 ml) filtered water
♦ 1/2 teaspoon salt (Celtic or sea)
♦ 1 clove garlic, minced
♦ 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
♦ Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
♦ 1/2 cup (72 g) sesame seeds

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The Great Cholesterol Myth CookbookFor decades, low-fat and low-cholesterol diets have been touted as the way to prevent and reverse heart disease. In the groundbreaking book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra debunked that assertion, arguing that fat—often curtailed on traditional low cholesterol “heart-healthy” diets—is not the enemy and may in fact be part of the solution. Now, in “The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook,” the authors and nutrition expert and whole foods chef Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., put their findings into action with a detailed meal plan and 100 delicious and nutritious recipes that will prevent and reverse heart disease and give you back the foods you thought were gone forever.