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Everyday Snacking

Like most people we love to snack.  Being a stay at mom has its downfalls, the kids are always eating so you usually are also.  I try to prepare lots of vegetables and healthy snacks at the beginning of the week.  Having everything cut up and placed in a clear container in the fridge makes things very easy to grab and go.

I love to place a platter of healthy food on the table if we are home the whole day.  It may look like a ton but before the day is over the plate will be clear.  We just ate a whole plate of fruits and vegetables without even knowing it.  If we are headed out for the day to run errands I try to pack containers in a cooler to snack on.  I am sure I am not the only one who gets hungry when aways from home.  When hunger hits it helps to have a healthy snack before starvation hits and you become desperate enough to stop for some junk.

The platter below is just a sample of what we had on hand.  Pick vegetables that your family loves or maybe a few new ones to try.  Sliced apples or oranges are great.  If we have some hummus, award-winning cottage cheese dip, or even a smear of peanut butter it makes it even more fun.  Just watch how long the cottage cheese dip is out, ours doesn’t last long enough to spoil.  I never thought kids or I would like hard-boiled eggs on their own, salt and pepper does wonders.

Some ideas for your platter:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, wedged
  • Jicama
  • Celery or Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet Peppers or Green Peppers
  • Apples or Oranges
  • Cubes of Cheese
  • Radish or Turnip

 

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Baked Hummus and Spinach Dip

Picture is from Naturally Ella because it is a lot prettier than mine!

Chips and dip are my greatest weakness.  With Baked Hummus and Spinach Dip | Naturally Ella my guilt melted away as I ate this healthier version of a bean dip.   No it’s hummus, well guess what?  Hummus is made with beans and it tastes nearly as good as a cheesy fatty bean dip.

I made baked hummus and spinach dip served with tortilla chips for a luncheon with some ladies, we were all impressed.  I have made this multiple times.  This recipe will hold a place in my recipe box for a long time.

Mr. Picky dug right in and I found us reheating the leftovers for a late night snack.  You don’t taste the spinach and minus the cheese why it’s pretty healthy.  I really liked to dip sweet mini peppers into it.

Baked Hummus and Spinach Dip:

  • 2 cups hummus (store-bought or best hummus recipe)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, I use a mexican blend

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pulse spinach in a food processor a few times to shred, don’t over process.

Combine hummus,spinach, and 1/2 cup cheese until combined.  Place in a baking dish a pie plate works well if you don’t have a small baking dish.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese evenly.  Bake 20-25 minutes until hummus is hot and cheese is melted.

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