Hello fitness enthusiasts! We’ve all got Thanksgiving dishes on our mind, I know, but an important part of staying healthy and fit during the holidays is to keep your normal exercise and eating routines intact. One way to achieve this is by keeping nutritious foods like hummus on hand. Whether slathered on rye crisp bread, accompanied by veggies, or part of a sandwich, hummus is a versatile spread that is good for you as well as delicious. And guess what? There’s lots of opportunity for you to add your own flair and make it your own by including flavors you like, whether extra garlic (guilty), artichokes, roasted red peppers, pesto, or whatever, er, floats your hummus boat.
I’ll bet a lot of you keep hummus in your fridge, and no doubt you love your favorite store-bought brand, just like I do. But you might not realize how ridiculously easy it is to make homemade hummus. Whether you begin with dried beans or use canned (no sodium, of course), all it takes is a few ingredients, a food processor, and five minutes to whip it up in your own kitchen. High in fiber and a great source of protein, it’s also the perfect food to think about on Meatless Monday, which encourages people to think beyond meat when it comes to meeting protein needs and health goals.
To read the full article and watch the how-to video, click here. And for more fabulous healthy eating tips and science-based nutrition information, poke around my blog and check out my ever-growing list of recipes. You might even find a few desserts and cocktails in there, too. It is the holidays, after all, and this foodie loves her favorites just as much as you do. All the more reason to keep healthy snacks like hummus around, I’d say.
Dr. P.K. Newby is a nutrition scientist, educator, and foodie at The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen. You can become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, or check out her food porn on Pinterest.