Weight Loss Diet Tip #13 – The Afternoon Munchies or a Nap

I can start the day with a sensible breakfast and lunch, full of good weight loss intentions, only to crash and burn with the late  afternoon munchies.  This is especially true if I don’t get my afternoon nap. (Yes, one of the great advantages of working from home is the afternoon nap, something every workplace should make part of the day – maybe then we’d all have the energy of pre-schoolers!) And the afternoon munchies play havoc with my diet because I seldom crave carrot sticks or veggie soup. The key? Lean protein – in the form of hummus. Hummus (really just one variation or another on chickpea puree) is filling (so I don’t eat tons of it), full of fiber (which is why it is filling, plus it helps lower my cholesterol), and just tart enough to provide a little pick-me-up. Sometimes I eat my hummus with a few whole grain crackers and sometimes I have it along with those crunchy baby carrots that I love so much. Either way, hummus is a much better choice than anything sweet and keeps me running until dinner. This is my favorite hummus recipe, but there are some good hummus options at the grocery store now too.  Try to choose one that is made with olive or canola oil instead of soybean oil.

In a food processor combine until smooth (or to desired texture):

  • 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Note: Tahini is sesame seed paste (think peanut butter only made with sesame seeds). It has a very distinctive flavor that takes the average hummus from nice and tasty to nutty and exotic. You can find tahini at the health food store. My favorite brand is Joyva.

If you love all things garlic, go ahead and add 1 peeled garlic clove too.

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About the Author

Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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