H is for Hummus. My obsession with hummus is right up there with my granola obsession. Hummus is essentially cooked, mashed chickpeas. These chickpeas are blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and a number of seasonings that might help you get to your desired taste. My favorite hummus hails from Trader Joes–Smooth and Creamy, Spicy Hummus–but… really… any will do. If you are anything like me, and you go through a container of hummus within a few days, definitely try making your own. Making your own hummus will also allow you to control what goes in it, therefore helping you keep the fat and sodium content low.There are a number of easy to follow recipes online–foodgawker is, of course, my go-to.
How do you eat this delicious treat? Serve it as a side with raw vegetables, use it as a spread on a sandwich, put a dollop atop your salad as a dressing, or dip your pretzels or crackers right in the container–the possibilities are nearly endless.
H is also for Halibut. Halibut is a nutrient-dense fish and a great source of protein. Its nutrients and minerals include selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. There are also high levels of B vitamins and essential omega-3 fatty acids. All of these amazing nutrients improve cardiovascular health, control blood pressure, help prevent stroke and lower triglycerides (triglycerides are a mechanism for storing unused calories, which correlates with the consumption of starchy and fatty foods). Check out these easy, delicious recipes and incorporate halibut into your diet.
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