Most people have protein with most of their main meals, but oftentimes, the stretch that it’s hard to get it in is when we snack.
I know I used to always grab something like crackers or an apple for snacks without pairing it with protein. I’d dip my carrot sticks in Ranch dressing. Of course, I must be commended for eating the carrots, but…
Now that I’m so much wiser and grownup (ha) I make better snack choices. When I have an apple I like to eat it with a small piece of white cheese or organic peanut butter (or this delightful concoction). Crackers must marry nut butter. The fruit and yogurt get together. But my raw veggies have always felt lonely without the store-bought dressings…so today I found the perfect partner for them. The carrots have never been happier.
Hummus. Yummy, creamy, homemade hummus. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to make it. I’m trying to eat more veggies for snacks and this dip definitely makes me more excited to do so. I really love the flavour of this hummus. It’s got a delicious exotic flare because of the addition of garam masala, a pungent, flavourful spice from India.
Easy Peasy Hummus
- 1 can (19 fl. oz.) chickpeas
- ½ cup fresh organic parsley
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. garam masla spice
- ½ tsp. sea salt
Blend everything up in your high-speed blender or in your food processor. Feel free to use your imagination for this recipe. If you take out the spice and the parsley, it’s really just a very basic hummus recipe. Next time I’d adding lots of fresh garlic and basil from the garden.
I ate the hummus with brown rice crackers and some carrots for a mid-morning munchie. (I’m such a snacker, keeps me from being too hungry. Trust me, you never want to be around me when I’m really hungry.)
I love the fact that this recipe literally takes like 3 minutes to whip up. The faster the better, right?
Nutritional Info (per tablespoon): Cals: 79, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 44mg, Carbs: 11.5g, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 4g
What are some of your favourite afternoon “protein-paired” snacks? (If I get lots of ideas I may post them on my site or my Facebook page! SO bring it on!)
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