Eating healthy meals is easy as long as you make sure a majority of your plate is covered in veggies, whether that takes the form of a salad, roasted vegetable dish or soup — but snacks are often the culprit for bad eating habits. While candy bars, cookies and the deceiving granola bars come packaged to grab and go, your body will likely be fighting back later. Apples and nuts are often a good solution for people always on-the-go, but the reality is that many of us are enjoying snacks sitting at our desks or at home.
Whipping together a quick spread or dip to enjoy with crackers or raw veggies is the simplest way to have a delicious (and wallet-friendly) savory snack. I’ve made hummuses with a twist — garlic and sun-dried tomato hummus and seasonal pumpkin hummus — but this hummus spread called out to me because it’s filled with veggies and is high in protein.
> 1/4 of vegetable bouillon cube
> 1 1/2 cups broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
> 1 can chickpeas
> 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
> 1 tablespoon olive oil
> 1 garlic clove, chopped
> salt and pepper
Dissolve bouillon cube in 1/2 cup boiling water and set aside. Steam broccoli until cooked.
Place chickpeas, nutritional yeast, olive oil and garlic in a blender and add bouillon mixture once cube is dissolved. Blend until smooth. Add broccoli and blend until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Enjoy with crackers or slices of raw vegetables such as carrots and cucumber.
Makes 6 servings.
Adapted from PopSugar.