The largest "help" I have in my new eating lifestyle is Hubs. Hubs joined me whole-heartedly. We follow a Weight Watcher friendly diet and have been loading up on whole wheat, fiber, fruits, and veggies. This week we joined a local gym. When we signed up, there was a pamphlet that read, "The most effective tool to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is having a partner." I totally agree. Sometimes I want to knock Hubs upside the head because he is like a drill sargent about eating but I know that he only wants us both to reach our goals.
Up for this weekend...trying a new recipe.
I love fresh hummus. My absolute favorite comes from The Pita Stop. I have tried store brands but have never been satisfied so this weekend I'm going to try it homemade.
Hummus is made of chickpeas (or garbonzo beans) and Tahini (a middle eastern spice). Chickpeas contain no cholesterol or saturated fats. And, they are also rich in protein. Tahini does have fat and calories but you only use a small amount and it contains lots of protein and calcium. Additional ingredients include Olive Oil which of course we know is low in saturated fat and can help us stay heart healthy.
Overall, hummus contains lots of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for improving intelligence and maintaining a healthy heart. It also contains iron, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, folic acid, and amino acids. Humus is loaded with nutrients that can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Use it as a dip for lots of different veggies or (my favorite) fresh, warm pita bread.
Hummus info borrowed from 3fatchicks.com.