Snacking has developed a bad reputation of late but snacks between meals play an important part of your diet.
They key is choosing the right kind of snack.
Snacking is an effective and SMART way to fit extra nutrients into your day.
- They provide energy and prevent overeating at mealtimes. A good healthy snack keeps the hunger pangs at bay and minimises splurging at dinner.
- Healthy snacking helps keep your blood sugar levels.
- A carefully chosen snack will provide your body with additional nutrients. Snacks should consist of nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and nuts or seeds.
Snacks should be part of your overall meal plan. Avoid nibbling right before a meal. Furthermore, only eat if you are truly hungry. Grazing out of boredom, emotional or mindless eating isn't healthy and can lead to overeating and weight gain.
Always check in with yourself – am I really hungry or is my body dehydrated? Make sure you’re hitting your daily water target – your body needs between 2 to 3 litres a day.
Today, I’m sharing with you one of my favourite, go-to snack recipes.
Hummus – but hummus with a twist. Generally hummus is made from chickpeas but this recipe uses butter beans which makes a lovely, creamy alternative.
I make a big batch of hummus every week as it’s such a nutritious snack. It goes great with salads, chopped vegetables, open sandwiches – it’s so versatile and can be used in so many ways.
Lately, I’ve alternated between chickpeas and butter beans as my base…both equally delicious.
Butter beans are a great source of plant protein. They are also loaded with iron, zinc, magnesium and fibre. So if you’ve been making your hummus with chickpeas, why don’t you give this butter bean hummus recipe a go.
Butter Bean Hummus
Tin of butter beans
1 tsp cumin
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cloves garlic
1 tbsp water
A large pinch salt
Ground black pepper
Drain and rinse the butter beans, then place in a food processor with the cumin, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, and garlic. Blend for about 1-2 minutes, then add the water until the hummus is smooth. Season as required.
Enjoy this butter bean hummus recipe – it’s one you’ll come back to time and time again.
Co-Founder, Pepper Hustle
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