Three Heart Healthy Snacks For the New Year


 

What is hummus

What’s your New Years resolution? Did you spend your holidays popping one too many chocolate truffles into that greedy gob of yours? Planning to buy a whole new wardrobe to account for the six other people you ate for besides yourself at your Aunt Sally’s Christmas party?
Luckily, that isn’t entirely necessary. Changing your eating habits and lifestyle doesn’t have to be a revolutionary, resolution of a process. Rather, it can happen one meal at a time, and one smart snack at a time.
That being said, here are three healthy snacks to munch on in 2016 that will keep you feeling full and energized, with not only a trim waistline but a satisfied palette.

Hummus
Made with chick peas, oil, lemon, tahini, salt, pepper, and garlic, hummus is a snack with ample nutrients, fiber, and a suitable amount of protein. It is also low in fat and cholesterol. But hummus dips aren’t only healthy, they are extremely tasty, versatile in flavor profile, and can be paired with many a snack. Carrots or pretzels make great vessels for hummus dip. And for those who are daring, spicy hummus is the dip of choice. Spicy hummus goes on everything, from cucumber slices to turkey sandwiches. The choice is yours.

Pita Pizza
Awfully specific, no? Well, pitas are an excellent vessel for all things — particularly pizza. Pita bread is typically high in fiber, lower in calories, and lower in carbohydrates than most pizza doughs. To create a healthy pizza, take your favorite veggies, such as zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms and lightly sautee in olive oil. Then, use hummus as spread, top with vegetables and cheese of choice, and bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Talk about delicious!

Tzatziki Dip
Make with greek yogurt, spices, and herbs, this cooling dip goes great on every sandwich and can even be enjoyed as a dipping sauce for pita chips or veggies. Yo make, simply combine greek yogurt, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and stir. Spread, dip, and dunk to your heart’s content.

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