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Homemade Hummus

Surely I’m not the only person out there who has a hard time paying good money for store-bought hummus, knowing that around our  house it will not last long.  Right?

Though we occasionally buy hummus when it’s on sale, for a long time now, we have made our own with our Vita-mix.   It is super-easy, much cheaper, and you can make it taste just the way you want it to taste.

Nutritionally speaking, it’s a wonderful little snack (that is, unless you eat too much of it — which is kind of easy to do!).  The chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are not only high in fiber (6 grams per 1/2 cup serving to be exact), but also have a decent amount of protein (6 grams per 1/2 cup) and also give you a little calcium and iron.

The other nice thing about making a big batch of this stuff, is that once it’s made, it’s made.  There is not much prep for a nice healthy snack!  I love stuff like that, especially when the Little Stinker is having a meltdown when I’m ready for a snack (which happens quite often these days).

Here’s the recipe I use, but feel free to play around with it and make it to suit your tastes!

What you’ll need:

2 15-oz cans of chickpeas

1 clove of garlic OR 1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup lemon juice

4 Tbsp raw sesame seeds OR 4 Tbsp sesame tahini

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

Directions:

Drain one can of chickpeas and pour into Vita-mix or other food processor.  Then empty an undrained can of chickpeas into food processor.  Add all remaining ingredients and run food processor until smooth (takes about 1 min with Vita-mix).

Store in container with lid in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts: (Serving size: 1/4 cup) Calories: 99, Fat: 3 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 4 g

 

The  key to keeping this homemade hummus healthy is portion control.  It’s so good that you have to pre-portion it out before you start eating.  As you can see from the picture below, I started eating it while I was taking pictures!


Pair it with some homemade pita chips or carrots!  Enjoy!

 

 

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Peach Bread Recipe

Peach Bread Recipe

Even my picky eater loved it!

I’m a southern girl.  Actually, I’m even a “Georgia Peach” technically (born and partially raised in Georgia), so summer must include a little bit of peaches.  And what better place to find a peach recipe than Southern Living? A Spiced Peach Bread!

I will admit that this is not something you would want to have around the house every day.  It’s one of those “special-little-treats-that-I-could-potentially-overeat-if-left-to-my-own-devices” kinds of food.  The dietitian in me must encourage you to distribute evenly to everyone in the household to prevent weight gain!

Here’s the great thing, though.  My oldest, W, is such.a.picky.eater.  Ask anyone in our family (and probably most of our friends that have been around him at mealtime).  We tried to force a peach down him one time with bribery and it didn’t work.  Not even a brand spankin’ new Transformer did the trick.

But…he did LOVE this peach bread.

Peach Bread Picky Eater

He even let the monkey share it.

This bread also has carrots in it, which he still doesn’t know to this day.  This particular loaf was made without pecans, which does save some calories.

Peach Bread Recipe Slice I plan to make this soon with some substitutions that would make it even healthier…hopefully will still taste good.

This is the perfect time of year to try this recipe while there are ripe peaches in the store!

C loved it too and fussed for more…just like I did when it was gone!

C wanting more peach bread

 

View the kid-friendly recipe here!

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