Chili Lemon Crema
This simple crema will take any dish you put it in to the next level. The Greek yogurt, lemon, chili powder and garlic it’s made from are all brain (and gut!) power superstars. And the beautiful flavour profile they create when married together will put a smile on your face (which, in turn, will make your brain happy even if it wasn't before, according to research).
It’s so easy to make, and has almost infinite uses because you can add it to just about anything (savoury, please!) A few of our brainy Favs include:
- Drizzle on our Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos or Refried Black Bean and Chickpea Tacos
- Use in place of store-bought mayonnaise, or as a delicious addition to our Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise
- Create a delicious, tangy salad dressing as a subsitute to store-bought Ranch or other creamy dressings
- It's a great dip for fresh vegetables
- For a quick snack, drizzle on 1/2 an avocado with a pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 2 cloves raw garlic, grated or finely chopped
- Combine all ingredients.
- Allow crema to sit in the fridge for about an hour, so the flavours can meld together.
- Greek yogurt is packed full of protein and lots of healthy probiotics which are key in digestion and a healthy gut.
- There is a big connection between gut bacteria and mental health, and this type of yogurt may balance the brain activity affected by stress, stabilize moods and lower anxiety.
- It is high in vitamin C and has amazing antioxidant properties, getting rid of dangerous free radicals and decreasing inflammation in our brains!
- It is actually alkalizing, and balances out acidity in the body as it aids in digestion.
- Chili powder adds quite the punch and flavour to foods, and one of its main ingredients, capsicum, is a powerful antioxidant that also decreases inflammation!
- It contains vitamins A and C, which help protect our cell membranes and decrease oxidative stress damage.
- This powder can cause the release of endorphins, nature’s painkiller and happy hormone!
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- Jolayemi, A., & Ojewole, J. (2013). Comparative anti-inflammatory properties of Capsaicin and ethyl-aAcetate extract of Capsicum frutescens linn [Solanaceae] in rats. African Health Sciences, 13(2), 357–361.
- Takada, M., Nishida, K., Kataoka-Kato, A., Gondo, Y., Ishikawa, H., Suda, K., Kawal, M., Watanabe, O., Igarashi, T., Kuwano, Y., Miyazaki, K., & Rokutan, K. (2016). Probiotic Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota relieves stress-associated symptoms by modulating the gut-brain interaction in human and animal models. Neurogastroenterology & Motility. In Press.