Slice of Hummus Appetizer

Fuel an active lifestyle and celebrate National Hummus Day, May 13,  with a  Slice of Hummus.
Disclosure: I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

I am forever encouraging individuals to eat more vegetables. Conversations about vegetables often prompt this question to me,  “Are you a vegetarian?”  I am not. My eating   patterns closely align with the  Mediterranean diet.  However, I adapt it to meet my nutritional needs and goals by  consuming more yogurt and milk than the typical Mediterranean diet. There is one part of the plan I  do believe is non-negotiable:  physical activity and enjoying food. It’s why I focus on delicious foods to  fuel an active lifestyle, and today’s post is no exception!

Have you ever asked yourself  one or more of these questions:

• How can I  improve my  overall diet quality?

• How can I better my nutrient intakes?

• How can I lower my  body weight parameters including body mass index and waist circumference?

If so, perhaps you  should consume foods for which there is evidence of an  association with improved  overall diet quality,  better nutrient intakes (including fiber and potassium), and lower body weight parameters including body mass index (BMI ) and waist circumference. One such food happens to be hummus, and I’m going to show you how to bring  this plant based protein  to the table as a  delicious appetizer. Start with Sabra classic hummus spread on a  toasted ancient grain mini naan (cut into quarters). Top with  chopped pistachios and a dried apricot slice. Finish with a drizzle of  honey. Enjoy!

Here are  five reasons, Slice of Hummus Appetizer,  is now my  go to appetizer:

  1. I’m  active and have little time for food prep. This is done in 5 minutes.

2. I  prefer to consume nutrient rich foods, but don’t like to disappoint my friends and family by serving up  something short on taste. No one will ever guess this appetizer is good for you.

3. I  want to eat more veggies and plant based proteins. And if you are wondering, where’s the vegetable  in this? It’s hummus (hummus is made of  chickpeas and is in the vegetable subgroup legumes we all could benefit from eating more of.)

4. This appetizer can be made ahead of time and it’s also easily portable!

5. In the unlikely event there are any leftover  appetizers,   they won’t  be wasted. The Slice of Hummus appetizer  holds over well when refrigerated until the following day, and they work for me as breakfast(yes I did say breakfast)  or a post-exercise recovery snack providing the 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein I follow after a bout of cardio.

Remember to eat your veggies, include physical activity daily, and enjoy nutritious and delicious foods in good company on National Hummus Day and everyday!

 

A Slice of Hummus

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 1 minute Total Time 6 mins
Serves (serves 16)     adjust servings

Ingredients

(serves 16)

  • 4 mini ancient grain nann
  • 1 10 oz container Sabra Classic Hummus
  • 4 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • 16 dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place naan bread on baking sheet and heat for one minute.
  2. 2. Cut each mini naan bread into quarters. Place on a serving plate.
  3. 3. Spread 1 tablespoon Sabra classic hummus on each piece of naan, sprinkle with crushed pistachios and top with dried apricot.
  4. 4. Drizzle with honey. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 82kcal Calories from fat 43
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 83mg 3%
Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

 
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Disclosure: I received a Produce Box, mentioned in this post, free of charge. I was not compensated financially for writing this post. Opinions are my own.

Have you ever wonder where your food comes from? Have you ever wondered if you’re supporting local farmers when you purchase at the grocery store or on-line? Have you ever  wanted to get to the Farmers’ Market , but just couldn’t find the time? Ten years ago, these were  the very thoughts of Raleigh native, and stay at home mom, Courtney Tellefsen. Contemplation turned into action; Courtney sent a few e-mails, made a few phone calls and soon she and her kiddos were delivering fruits and veggies to their friends and neighbors. Yep, that’s the start-up story behind the Produce Box, aka the business that delivers the farmers’ market to your door and now supports 70 farmers and 90 artisan businesses across North Carolina.  Congratulations are in order for ten years of delivering boxes like these… 

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