Often times, people get afraid of snacking, thinking it will lead to overeating and excess calories. But, as a Dietitian I promote smart snacking! It’s a great way to stay energized, keep your blood sugar stable (important for mood control and staying energized throughout the day), prevent you from overeating later on, and keeps your metabolism fueling.
Have you ever missed a meal and felt totally HANGRY later on, only to feel out of control around dinner time and end up overeating? Yup. Snacking is helpful to get fuel between meals and keep your blood sugar steady until you can eat again. We know by how the body works that we should be fueling every 3-4 hours or so to maintain steady blood levels, so if you know you are going to not have a meal for 4+ hours, plan to have a snack!
And if you snack smart, it’s a great opportunity to sneak in some extra nutrients into your day (hello fruits and veggies!). Aim to get a good balance of both carbs and protein with your snacks to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you fuller, longer. This spinach hummus is a perfect way to get a fiber and protein-rich snack in while also incorporating more vegetables into your diet!
Made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, spinach, and some seasonings, this recipe is simple and easy to make and gives the perfect punch of garlic taste. And no, you don’t even taste the spinach. 😉
I love dipping cucumbers, carrots, pita, cherry tomatoes, crackers, wraps, you name it, in my hummus – anything can be a great dipper!Print
This healthy and easy hummus is packed with healthy nutrients – plant-based protein, fiber, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, and anti-inflammatory turmeric. Pair with cut veggies or pita for a healthy midday snack!
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 large bunch of spinach
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1–2 TBSP lemon juice
- dash paprika
- dash cayenne powder (optional)
- dash turmeric
- 2 TBSP tahini
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- sea salt & pepper to taste
- 2–3 TBSP water (as needed to thin)
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
Spinach is also packed with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and iron. A powerful punch in just one food!
This spinach hummus is creamy, delicious, and flavorful.Don’t let the green scare you – I had my boyfriend and dad try it- very reluctantly I might add – and they LOVED it! Definite crowd pleaser and my favorite way to sneakily have others eat something with some greens without them even realizing it!