Archive for Healthy Snacks

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

  • 1/2 12 oz Jar roasted red peppers – Or you can roast your ownRRPH 8
  • 16-ounce cooked chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans (or 15oz Can)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste

 

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Preparing the Hummus

In the food processor bowl, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process for 30 seconds. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making for a smooth and creamy hummus.

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Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper and the salt to
whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds. Add half of the chickpeas, process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas, process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and smooth.

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Add peppers to hummus and continue to process for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.

If the hummus is too thick or still has tiny bits of chickpea after you have added the peppers, you can add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water while the processor is on, until the consistency is perfect.

Serve with carrots, celery, pita chips. You can also coat chicken breast & bake them in this. DELICIOUS!

 

Snack Better

I get it & I am not above it. We are gonna snack…. so let’s just make better decisions while we do it.

Whipped Peanut Butter & Celery ~ It has 25% less calories & fat than regular Jif peanut butter. It has 140 calories per two tablespoons. Sometimes if I get hungry real late this is my go to snack. One spoonful.

Ostrich Jerky ~ 80 Calories, 14g Protein. So good & easy for an on the go snack that actually fills you up!!!

Carrots & Hummus ~ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hummus for just this purpose. It’s low in calories & high in dietary fiber. 2 tablespoons of hummus is about 46 calories and has 2 g of dietary fiber. Tufts University recommends hummus as a convenient snacking food. Combine raw vegetables such as bell peppers slices, broccoli or baby carrots with hummus for a low-calorie snack.

Dried fruit & nuts ~ They come in super handy when you’re ON-THE-GO! Nuts provide a great source of protein & good fat while the fruit will give you an energy boosting source of carbs (perfect for replenishing muscle tissue).