Now let me tell you about a little secret of mine. I love snacking. One of my favourite things is having movie nights where my friends and I break out the popcorn and chips. I know it’s probably not that great for me, but I love it. Snacking is just something most of us do on a daily basis. Since I try to keep things healthy, I had to find a better way to snack in general. I decided to take one of my favourite snacks and make it healthier. I love chips and dip as a snack, but we all know that can be high in fat and calories. As I thought about it, I came up with a great way to still have chips and dip without losing any flavour, but it is much better for you!
Hummus is the perfect alternative to having chips and dip for a mid-day snack. Hummus is primarily made up of chickpeas, which are loaded with protein and don’t contain any cholesterol or saturated fats. This is something that regular French onion and sour cream dip can’t give you!
Aside from it being healthier for you, it is super simple to make! This recipe only takes 10 minutes and then you are ready to enjoy. So if you need a quick snack on the go or an appetizer for a friend’s party, hummus is the just the thing. Now from time to time I still indulge, but when I feel a snack craving I whip up some of this mouth-watering hummus and I feel full and satisfied until dinner!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes 2 1/4 cups
Serves: 1 Tablespoon (30 mL)
42 Calories per serving
1.4 grams of fat per serving
Per Tablespoon- Sodium 112 mg, Carbs 6.2 grams, Fiber 1.2 grams, Sugars 0 grams, Protein 1.4 grams
1 16 oz can of chickpeas, drained
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ tablespoons tahini
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1. In a blender or food processor add the chickpeas, water, lemon juice, tahini, garlic and salt. Pulse until lumpy, but combined.
2. While motor runs, drizzle in the olive oil. Continue to blend until completely combined. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.
by Amanda Garbutt