I’ve been enjoying white wines lately, dinner called for white wine, and I had just lectured on diabetes and the role adiponectin plays in diabetes prevention. In case you were curious, 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men can actually reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And…I want in on THAT.
Kroger is 1.1 miles from my front door and I needed to get in a workout. Rather than waste time and gas, I decided to run 2+ miles, end up at Kroger, grab my wine and head home. Little did I know I would pass a co-worker of Mr. Prevention’s…with wine bottle in tow. In a paper bag. Early evening…in daylight…all sweaty.
Unfortunately, the odd and disapproving looks were not only from hubby’s co-worker, but pretty much all those passing by on foot or car. People probably thought I was either 1) crazy or 2) too lit to drive to go get my booze. I didn’t think my time management through too well. I guess I, too, would give the side-eye to a sweaty stranger walking down the road with a bottle of wine. Oh well…
I finished my 3.2 mile wine mission in 35:53. Considering a mile of that was walking…I was moving during my walk. Embarrassment? Excitement to pop the cork? Who knows Take home message: I would not recommend walking around your neighborhood with a bottle of booze. People might talk…
I do, however, recommend trying something new…like a sweet hummus. A Pumpkin Spice Hummus, even. This hummus went great on pita chips. Bonus for double the portion (1/4 cup) of a traditional hummus for roughly the same number of calories.
The hummus is sweet enough to stand in as dessert, but nutritious enough (by a long shot) to be served as a snack. This hummus comes together in a matter of minutes, keeps well for 7-10 days in the fridge, and packs 4.6 grams of fiber per serving (and only 93 calories!).
Pumpkin Spice Hummus slightly adapted from The Edible Perspective
15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup tahini (or raw cashew butter)
1 Tbsp sunflower oil (or canola)
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in your food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust spices if needed. Yield: 12 servings (1/4 cup each).
Nutrition Information (per 1/4 cup): 93 calories; 4.3 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 146 mg. sodium; 11.6 g. carbohydrate; 4.6 g. fiber; 3.1 g. protein
Result: Sweet, but hummus…pumpkin hummus. This was unique and very, very good! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I also love the nutrition stats – low-calorie, healthy fats, and lots of fiber. Definitely a health-friendly snack option!
Question: Do you like hummus?