Are you love struck and recovering from an episode of chocolate candy-induced hyperglycemia? Hopefully not because maybe you, too, share the opinion than flowers are better than candy? Mhmm. Read right. Love, love, love flowers.
But anyways, today marks week 3 of the Love Your Heart series that Cara, Amy, Lauren, and I are hosting to help celebrate February and National Heart Month. We hope that you’ve found inspiration, tips, and of course, great recipes to help keep your heart healthy and strong.
- Amy is serving up Baked Won Ton Chips and Bean Dip
- Lauren created some decadent Walnut Brownie Dough “Truffles”
- Cara whipped up some Oatmeal Cookie Dip
As for me, I made a recipe I’ve been eying for quite some time…Buffalo Wing Hummus!
My father, bless his heart, gets fixated on hating certain foods without giving them a fair shot. Sushi is one of those foods. He will swear to the moon and back that he HATES sushi, but yet, he’s never tried it. Hummus is another food item on his black list. He even refers to it as “bird food”…wrinkled nose and sound effects included.
I really think he’s missing out on some really great foods…stubborn old man. Mom, please pass along my calling him out on his food idiosyncrasies for the world to read!
My personal issues with hummus are: 1) the cost and 2) the portion size. Nothing that is made almost entirely of beans should cost as much as it does…period. And as for the portion size, who really eats just 2 tablespoons of hummus? Let’s try doubling that portion size…like I did in this recipe (with the calories still in check!).
What makes this snack heart-healthy?
I love that it can be paired with something as low-calorie and high-fiber as celery. Notice that celery is usually paired with very flavorful foods (peanut butter, ranch dressing, etc.), but in this instance it’s paired with a flavor-packed food that is high in fiber and low in calories. I like to encourage snacks that are 100-200 calories and this fits the bill perfectly.
You cut out a lot of sodium by draining and rinsing canned beans, as I’ve mentioned before. The beans themselves are the powerhouse of hummus. They offer loads of soluble fiber that not only help provide satiety and thus control portion sizes and weight, but also help to lower lipid levels, reduce blood pressure, and normalize blood glucose levels.
In short, beans are a low-cost, nutrient-packed blank slate that can be made into a heart-healthy, delicious snack that is kid, husband, and maybe even father-approved, too!
Buffalo Wing Hummus slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2-3 cloves garlic 1/4 cup tahini 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 tsp paprika 3 Tbsp calorie-free wing sauce 2 Tbsp cayenne hot sauce 1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
Put the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, paprika, wing sauce, hot sauce, vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a food processor. Puree until smooth and creamy.
Yield: 12 servings (1/4 cup each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 99 calories; 3.4 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 231 mg. sodium; 11.8 g. carbohydrate; 4.2 g. fiber; 4.6 g. protein
Result: The perfect zing! As much as I love hummus, this really takes things to a new level. If spicy is your thing, grab a few stalks or celery and enjoy! It’s rare buffalo wing anything can be enjoyed so guilt-free!
This week’s heart-healthy giveaway is being hosted by Amy! Head on over for your chance to win a copy of Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller or samples of The Simply Bar, a gluten-free, vegan nutrition bar.