If you’ve ever felt out-of-control around food, then facing a tray full of cookies can feel scary. No one is immune to the draw of party treats, so you shouldn’t feel ashamed for wanting them, but you will need a strategy to avoid them.
One of my favorite strategies for avoiding extra calories at a party is to focus on the healthy snacks. Healthy options are not often easy to find at a holiday party, so take your own, like this Hummus with Herbs recipe.
Hummus as a Snack
A good type of snack to take with you to a party is one that is high in fiber and high in protein as these two elements control hunger.
What is a high-fiber, high-protein snack that’s easy to share?
Now I’ll admit that hummus is not one of my family’s favorites. In fact, the only family members who’ll eat it are me and the dog (she’ll eat anything).
Although hummus is not a favorite at home, at a party I find it strangely satisfying.
Here’s a great hummus with herbs recipe that you can make and take to your next social gathering.
Take along some celery, carrots, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes for easy sharing and make it your go-to snack for the night.
You’ll leave the party feeling satisfied and wake up the next morning feeling really good about your choices.
- 132 calories per serving
- 5 grams of fiber per serving
- 5.5 grams of protein per serving
HUMMUS WITH HERBS
courtesy of Dr. Becky Fitness
- 1 15-oz. can Garbanzo Beans rinsed and drained
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- 2 Tablespoons raw Sunflower Seeds substitute sesame seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor until smooth.
- Serve with celery sticks or other vegetables.
About the Author
Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.