Mid-afternoon snacking in one of the Glenferrie restaurantns? Perhaps, midnight snack? What could be the best to munch during these times of the day? Of course, health experts will be fast to say, “Something healthy.” That’s a given. So the question is, What is that healthy dish?”
Most of the time healthy dishes translate to being boring. You know, those dishes that may taste bland and flavorless. No wonder why many snackers resort to something less desirable and unhealthy. It’s mostly because of a lack of choice.
But, worry no more! There’s one healthy Italian dish that may be a solution to this snacking problem. Cue in the Insalata Caprese or the Caprese Salad, stage left. I know you may be saying, What another salad? Yes, but it is not just your ordinary salad. There are tons of benefits to this and it will not leave you high and dry. Even better, Hawthorn Italian restaurants have this dish.
Here’s why the Insalata Caprese is a good snacking option:
It won’t hurt the pocket so much as it only has 4 basic ingredients
Who knew four basic ingredients that can make a world of difference? Well, the Insalata Caprese brings forth so much flavor with only a few ingredients. This means you don’t have to spend a fortune dining in one of the Glenferrie restaurants to have the best and healthiest snack you can ever munch on. These four awesome ingredients (tomato, basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, and mozzarella cheese) can all be found in your local grocery or deli store, each costing more or less than $5. Talk about getting a bang for your buck!
Every ingredient has tons of health benefits
The tomato is teeming with antioxidants. It also has a good range of vitamins that are key contributors to promoting excellent health. These antioxidants are responsible for protection against different kinds of cancer such as prostate, cervical, and stomach. Also, tomatoes are known to prevent chances of having cardiovascular diseases for decreasing bad cholesterol levels.
Clearly, this is not just some garnish in the Insalata Caprese. Basil leaves, just like tomatoes, are also rich in antioxidants. On top of that, it is blessed with bountiful amounts of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium. Even better, basil is also known to have anti-stress capabilities. It can regulate and adapt to the body’s increased tension.
Just like any other kind of cheese, mozzarella is packed with calcium to improve bone mass, density, and overall strength. It has powerful properties that protect against the development of osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. Well, calcium makes your pearly whites strong for that irresistible and attractive smile. For those trying to bulk up or who are into muscle building/formation, mozzarella cheese is also rich in protein for exceptional muscle maintenance.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
It has loads of monounsaturated fatty acids that do wonders for the body. Such healthy fatty acids found in extra virgin olive oil regulate the level of total cholesterol in the blood. Also, EVOO has what is known as an antiatherosclerotic effect. It is important to note that three tablespoons of EVOO have more or less 360 kcal.
Great subtle flavor enough to satisfy your cravings
Subtlety is great. You don’t need to go on a flavor rampage to enjoy your food. More often than not, the highly flavorful dishes have a lot of ingredients present in any Glenferrie Road restaurants. There’s absolutely no problem with this. However, if you are watching your weight or budget, it may be a little impractical. Subtle flavor provides enough satisfaction to your snacking craving. The Insalata Caprese is a good example of this. It leaves you satisfied without the guilt (for putting on a lot of calories and spending a lot on ingredients).
Ready in less than 5 minutes
Most of the time, the reason we resort to packed or preserved dishes is that it is easy to serve. I mean, how convenient is it to pop it in the microwave for a few minutes and have something to eat, right? While it is the most convenient eating option, it is not the healthiest. Most processed, packed, and preserved dishes have loads of preservatives that are dangerous to everyone’s health. That can’t be stressed enough.
Why resort to these unhealthy dishes when you can prepare a healthy and flavorful dish in under 5 minutes? This is where Insalata Caprese comes in. Try it. You’d be munching on it (guilt-free) in no time. Good Italian Glenferrie restaurants should have this dish available for you to try.