Healthy Snack (#3)



Love this one, because I love hummus.  And with a cold crunchy cucumber who can beat it. 

Hummus is a natural, vegan
food that can easily be a part of virtually any diet. Chickpeas, are an excellent source of fiber that digest slowly and keep blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly, making them ideal for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. Combined with rice or whole grains, they provide a complete protein. Chickpeas also contain molybdenum, a trace mineral that helps the body detoxify sulfites, as well as iron and manganese, which are essential for healthy blood and high energy.

Chickpeas are relatively low in fat, but the presence of olive oil boosts the fat content in hummus. Olive oil, however, is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type that is heart healthy. Thus, not only does olive oil contribute its unique flavor to hummus, but it also imparts significant health benefits relative to creamy or other high-fat alternatives.

1/2 sliced cucumber
3 Tablespoons hummus

98 calories, 4g fiber, 5g protein 4g fat

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  1. What’s even better is when you make your own hummus. Super easy to do and you can always boost the amount of heart healthy garlic in it.

  2. My husband is of Greek/Arabic descent so hummus is a staple in our house. I had no idea it’s so healthy though!

  3. Marielle 3

    How do I make homemade hummus?

  4. Well, this seems to be a time for injuries from assorted falls. I’d wondered if you were okay lately. You’re the third person I know (other than myself) with an injury involving a severe sprain or break! Last Saturday, while in the garage on a ladder I missed the last two rungs coming down and bam…at least one broken rib. A blog acquaintance in France was in the hospital with a badly broken wrist, and now you. What is it? Get well soon!! And thanks for the info on short ribs!

  5. I’m just now getting into hummus!

  6. Haven’t visited in awhile. I like that you’ve listed healthy snacks!