Do you like hummus? I know I do, and my kids LOVE it. Seriously. My son grabs it out of the fridge and eats it all the time.
Hummus is a delicious Middle Eastern dip made from mashed chick peas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and various other flavors. We typically buy Athenos brand hummus, and my son’s favorite is the Greek flavor, and mine is Roasted Red Pepper. We eat our hummus with pita chips, carrot sticks, cucumbers, and even as a sandwich spread.
Here’s a little nutritional info from the Athenos site:
Here’s a fun recipe from Eat! Move! Play! from Weight Watchers.
Prep 10 minutes
2 romaine lettuce leaves, cut into very thin strips
1/4 cup drained bottled roasted red pepper strips
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 pitted black olives, sliced
1 Kirby cucumber, sliced
2 whole wheat English muffins, split in half and toasted
1/2 cup hummus
Place the lettuce, red pepper strips, tomatoes, olives, and cucumber slices in piles on a plate. Spread the English muffins with the hummus, then use the vegetables to make funny faces on them: lettuce or pepper strips can be hair, tomato or olives can be eyes, cucumber slices can be ears—use your imagination and have fun!
Per serving (2 decorated English muffin halves): 279 Cal, 9 g Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 0 mg Chol, 819 mg Sod, 42 g Carb, 10 g Fib, 12 g Prot, 218 mg Calc.
Kids Can . . .
In addition to decorating their own sandwiches, kids can use plastic knives to halve the cherry tomatoes and slice the black olives.
Next time you hit the grocery store, grab some hummus and give it a try!