I have 3 kids with completely different personalities, but one thing is for sure—they’re all messy eaters. Like most moms, cleaning up after their mess becomes never-ending and frustrating. There are several things I do to make snacking less messy, especially when I’m on the go. Hopefully these tips can clean a little mess out of your life.
Take your favorite fatty foods and turn them into a healthier snack: hummus. Chickpeas, tahini (a paste made from ground sesame seeds) lemon juice and a few seasonings are all you need to create delicious dips at home. Hummus is as easy to customize as it is to make. Try Food Network Magazine’s version of sour cream and onion chips, pizza and buffalo wings in hummus form — each serving (2 tablespoons) has less than 50 calories.
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We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.
It’s day #5 of the Brown-Bag Challenge. When this all started, I was worried that I’d run out of lunch ideas and would spend the last half of the month eating PB&J at my desk. But that’s not the case at all — I’ll run out of days in September long before I run out of lunch ideas. Last week I made Curried Potatoes and Chickpeas and ate the leftovers for two days. I’m already planning ahead for next week; I’m going to make a Cornmeal-Crusted Roasted Ratatouille Tart this weekend to bring for lunch on Monday.
This week has been a busy one — Monday was a holiday and short weeks always seem a bit crazy. But I made a big batch of hummus on Monday night and cut up some vegetables I picked from my mom’s garden over the holiday weekend. I brought it all to work along with a few hard-boiled eggs and a box of Wasa crackers and made a vegetable platter for myself to eat at my desk each day. It was a little fancy-looking, a lot like a restaurant appetizer platter, but super easy because I did the prep once and ate for three days.
What’s the best brown-bag lunch you’ve eaten this month?
Snacks are an important part of a well-balanced diet and should contain healthy nutrients like calcium, protein, whole grains, vitamins or minerals. Aim for one to two snacks per day that are around 150 calories each. Skip those expensive, nutrient-light snack packs and try these 10 filling 150 calorie snacks instead.
Each year for Hanukkah I serve up an Israeli-inspired dinner followed by traditional holiday desserts. This menu is a big hit with all our friends (and their kids).
Now that I’ve (finally) furnished my new apartment, I’ve started hosting get-togethers. This unique spin on hummus, which is traditionally made with chickpeas, is an easy snack that I can set out while we’re swapping stories. To be sure I’m covered for last-minute gatherings, I whip up a batch on the weekend and have it ready to pull out of the fridge when company arrives. The dip is also a great bring-along to a holiday party or potluck.
For me, snacking is a must! It helps me get from one meal to the next — no headaches, drops in energy or stomach rumbling. My secret: choosing snacks that contain hunger-fighting ingredients. Here are five favorites.
A pound of meat piled high on two slices of bread can be a bit much on a hot summer day (or any day really). Go light — and cook less — by prepping my fresh veggie sandwich, which is filled with healthy nutrients and comes together in minutes.
When Healthy Eats’ intern, Karen, mentioned she’d love some tips on how to upgrade her refrigerator staples, I said, “Send me a pic! Stat!” Always obliging, Karen took a snapshot and then gave me the heads up on the usual items she and her roommate keep on hand. Karen’s main comment was that she and her roommate are both recent college graduates — so they’re busy with new (or odd) jobs and have a limited budget and time. Here’s the feedback I gave her from what I saw inside…
You probably see hummus at the supermarket or on restaurant menus. Have you had some lately? Get the skinny on this spread and a few of our favorite, easy recipes.