"The greatest wealth is health."
-Virgil 

At Biologic Balance, we agree with Virgil's words wholeheartedly. What is our crazy adventure called life without our mental, physical, and emotional well-being!? This blog started as a way to share my personal passion for the wealth of health with others. You could consider it the day to day inspiration for Biologic Balance. My hope is that The Art of Seeking Balance blog can be one of your go-to resources for inspiration to be your best self!


Baba Ganoush

me·ze
/ˈmezā/
noun: mezze
in the Mediterranean, an appetizer 


Baba Ganoush is often considered a mezze or appetizer, but I commonly pair it with veggies to make a meal! It is so simple, delicious, healthy, and a go-to in our household!  Learn more about How To Make A Mezze Platter here.

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What does the science say?

The findings suggest that nasunin is a potent O2 scavenger and has protective activity against lipid per-oxidation.

Yasuko Noda, Toxicology

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Lipids? Per-oxidation? Toxicology? If these words don't pique your interest, then let's start with the basics. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, eggplants are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, and manganese. They also contain almost no cholesterol or saturated fat. A bonus, eggplants are one of the less expensive vegetables!

Vitamins and minerals are essential, but antioxidants in eggplant are also a consideration here. Antioxidants in eggplant are known for boosting cognitive activity and general mental health. Specifically, research suggests that nasunin, an anthocyanin in the eggplant skin is a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cell membranes.

Research shows that anthocyanins help prevent neuroinflammation and facilitate blood flow to the brain which could help improve memory and prevent age-related mental disorders.

Megan Ware RDN LD, Medical News Today

The summary: eggplants can help you have a balanced mind, a balanced body, and don't break the bank. I focused here on some of the nutritional and antioxidant benefits of eggplant. For more inspiration, ranging from blood sugar control to weight loss, check out 7 Surprising Benefits of Eggplants.

so let's get cooking! 

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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush


Description:

Baba Ganoush has become one of my favorite dishes to have in the fridge at all times. The eggplant, herbs, a hint of tahini, and a dash of citrus helps it to pair incredibly with naan, cucumbers, tomatoes, salads, feta, and so much more. The is my take on the traditional Mediteranean dish. Enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time:45 minutes

Yields:

  • 4-6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • One medium to large eggplant
  • 2-3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • Pepitas, cilantro, and paprika can be used for garnish
  • Serve with cucumber, toasted naan, over a salad, or whatever is your favorite!

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 450℉.
  2. Dice eggplant, brush with olive oil, salt, and pepper then bake until tender (~30-40 minutes).
  3. Let eggplant rest after baking to reduce moisture.
  4. Add all ingredients (including remaining olive oil) into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add additional oil if too thick.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • I believe that ALL recipes are very adaptable. Please use these guidelines as a foundation and then play with spices, herbs, and flavors to cater to your taste! I used cilantro but it could be replaced with flat-leaf parsley for a more traditional flavor.