The following post was written by Michaela Gasseling, a wife, mom, health and fitness coach, clean eater (most of the time!), Nebraska girl, runner, Certified PiYo Live Instructor, empowerer and author of the blog Cowgirl Boots & Running Shoes. You can connect more with Michaela on Facebook and Instagram.
Does anyone else have kids who demand snacks every five minutes? It certainly seems that way at our house! I try to keep the snacking healthy the majority of the time, but let’s face it – there are only so many bananas or apple slices with peanut butter, or squeezy-applesauces, or cheese sticks a 4 year old and a 2 year old can eat, right??No more picky kids at snack time! Check out this easy, healthy #recipe! Click To Tweet
So, I had to get creative and ended up coming across something that my kids will not eat if I buy it from the store, but devour it if we make it homemade – hummus! I know it doesn’t sound like the typical kid-friendly snack, but I believe the secret here is that they have to help make it!
Something about dumping all the ingredients in, pushing a button, and watching them transform into a smooth concoction that makes for fun dipping. And as a bonus, it’s healthy and I love it too!
We serve it with cucumber slices, carrot slices (extra credit points if you slice them with a crinkle-cut knife), and good-old whole-grain crackers. Oh, and sssshhhh…..don’t tell the kids that they are getting a healthy amount of protein and fiber from the beans!
This recipe meets my criteria for being easy, containing ingredients that I almost always have on hand – AND it’s toddler-approved!
- 1-15oz can (low-sodium) garbanzo beans
- 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Garlic salt, to taste
- Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process on high.
- It will seem thick at first, so just keep processing and add another drizzle of olive oil if needed until it reaches desired creamy consistency.
- Serve as a dip with fresh veggies or cracker, or as a spread for wraps or sandwiches.