hummus

Hummus with a KICK!

Spring Onion Hummus

I LOVE HUMMUS.  Literally any kind with any sort of dippers.  If it is on a menu somewhere, I order it.  If I have chick peas and tahini, I’m making it. For this recipe I added another favorite, spring onions.  They add a mild kick to dishes without being too onion-y. spring onion hummus

Sure there are tons of different brands to buy at the grocery store but why buy something prepackaged with often weird, gross ingredients when you could make your own and control exactly what is going into your body?!  Did I mention this recipe takes about eight minutes total to prepare?  Just do it.

Spring Onion Hummus
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 2- 15 ounce cans of organic garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup of spring (green) onions
  • 2T EVOO
  • 1t tahini (I don't care for a lot of this sesame seed paste, add as much as you like)
  • Juice of ¼ lemon
  • About 10 shakes of hungarian paprika
  • Siracha
  • S&P to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain garbanzo beans and throw into vitamix or powerful blender.
  2. Add all other ingredients, being careful not to add too much salt or siracha (you can add more later). Blend until smooth, adding water to get the consistency you prefer.
  3. Scoop into a serving container and serve with celery, cucumbers, pita chips, olives with lemons on the side.

If spring onions aren’t your style, play around with this recipe.  Add garlic, more hot sauce, throw in some spinach, whatever.  And then tell me what you did so I can make that next time!

xo,

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St. Patrick’s Day {Hummus}

Everyone knows what a hummus/dip/spread/pesto person I am.  Below is a twist on my usual go-to to make it more festive for St. Patrick’s Day! Feel free (as usual) to play around with my recipe by adding other ingredients you love.

green and white dip

 

Healthy Greens & White Bean Dip
 
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  • 2 Cans of White Beans drained (any variation)
  • 1 T Minced Garlic or One Clove
  • ½ T Ground Cumin
  • ½ T Onion Powder
  • ½ T Roasted Ground Coriander
  • Pink S&P to taste (I like a lot of both)
  • 1 T EVOO
  • ½ t red pepper flakes
  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans drained
  • 2 Cups Greens (I used a blend of chard, arugula and spinach)
  • Water to loosen mixture
  • S&P
  • ½ T EVOO
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients down to the red pepper flakes in high power blender (WE LOVE OUR VITAMIX) until smooth. Pour this mixture into a bowl.
  2. Into the same blender (without cleaning out) add the garbanzo beans, greens, water, and salt and pepper.
  3. Gently mix in the green dip with the white dip (or add all the ingredients at once for a green dip that's delicious without the twist!)

 

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Serve with Mary’s Gone Crackers, vegetable crudite, olives, peperoncini, and pita bread!

Hope everyone has a lucky week!

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Not Sure What or When to Eat?

Me neither!  But you and I have excellent health coaches at our fingertips (hey, Tiff and Mary!)  I’ve learned a lot from them plus taught myself some tips and I wanted to share them with you here.

what I eat in a day

Alaya’s recent post detailing what she eats in a day inspired me to start writing down everything I eat.  Again.  I did this a while back when I first met Tiffany and she was my health coach!  It’s actually a smart habit to get in to.  It can be tedious but it holds you accountable on so many levels.  I’m encouraged to start my with warm lemon water, consume enough of the right things, eat small amounts throughout the day, and keep a handle on my portions (I like to eat A LOT).

So here it is, a glimpse at a typical eating day for me.

Disclaimer: This is a day where I am able to eat my meals and snacks at home.  When I am on the go (which is often), obviously things look much different.  I always travel with bags of almonds, kind bars, Love Crunch granola, and small containers of organic hummus from Costco.

7:30a Warm water with the juice of a whole lemon and either Fire Cider or a splash of acv, a sprinkle of turmeric and cayenne.  This is not the most delicious of rituals but it’s an awfully healthy one.  It’s detoxifying, wakes me up after a long night’s sleep, and a great way to start taking in plenty of water first thing.  I use a stainless steel straw and sip from a heavy glass.

One of my favorite yoga teachers (hey, Carlina!) fasts most of the morning and I sort of adopted this idea from her.  I don’t fast but I usually don’t eat anything solid until lunch.  If I have time I make a homemade juice about an hour after my lemon water.  I like to make my own version of V8. Cucumber, tomato, spinach, jalapeno, carrot, lemon.  So good.  No time today so around…

10:30a I fix the BEC Green Smoothie.  I use a mix of kale and spinach, unsweetened coconut or almond milk and add camu camu powder, maca, flax, chia and a splash of ACV to the recipe.  It is SO good y’all.  I usually work out (TRX, yoga, barre or pilates) at lunchtime so this smoothie gives me energy and fills me up until I eat again, usually around…

BEC Green Smoothie

2:00p I often eat local eggs and avocado on Ezekiel bread for lunch but today it’s soup I prepared earlier in the week made of celery, kale, carrots, onions, garlic and white beans in chicken stock. Nut Thins are my salty, savory favorite snack and I always eat them with hummus about this time as well.  Protein and veggies at this point in the day help me prevent that 3pm slump we all dread!  Especially since I spend a lot of afternoons on my computer, researching and writing, I don’t want to get sleepy!

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4:30/5:00p I have some Farmhouse Culture kraut about now because I love the taste, I am in need of a snack, and the benefits of this stuff are endless.  I also love Farmstead Ferments Garlicky Dill Pickles and they’re local!  If I need a little more I have some Skinny Pop and a clementine or two and then, time permitting, I love to take my dogs for a walk before it gets dark.

kraut-green

7:30/8:00p My husband and I both love Mexican so dinner tonight is a big bowl of homemade guacamole and roasted chicken seasoned with cumin to make burrito bowls alongside black beans, rice, cheese and salsa.

8:30/9:00p I know I know, we all know we aren’t supposed to eat this late but SOMETIMES I need a banana bowl.  Check it out, make it once and you will be hooked.

Sound good?  Gross?  Some version of this most days when I am close to home works well for me but a lot of evenings we are eating out or on the go. If that’s the case, I usually have fish, beef or chicken with as many veggies as I can add (especially brussels sprouts and cauliflower).  And if there’s a cheese plate on the menu, I have probably already ordered it.

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