Easy Snack to Shed 2 Pounds a Week

Recipe: Carrot Hummus

Ingredients: (Serves 10 – 1/4 cup each.)

  • 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drain and rinse
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lemon – juice only
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 carrot, peel and grate


Directions: (Ready in 5 Min.)

  1. Place the beans, half of the yogurt, water, lemon juice and spices into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until fine, adding remaining yogurt.
  3. Stir in the grated carrot last.

Notes:
Serve over whole wheat pita bread or whole grain crackers. This sauce also goes great with fresh veggie sticks.

Known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, healthy proteins, and healthy fats.

Chickpeas are a great fat loss food because they have a low glycemic index (GI). This means they won’t raise your blood glucose level and discourage your body from storing excess fat.

With regards to weight loss, garlic looks like it’s a miracle food. It has a chemical substance called allicin which helps the body reduce unhealthy fats and cholesterol absorption [1].

Cumin is considered a metabolism booster [2]. When metabolism is more efficient, it can facilitate weight-loss and improve digestion. This inhibits the storage of excess fat by the body.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving:

  • Calories: 40
  • Fat: 0.5 g.
  • Sat fat: 0 g.
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg.
  • Carbs: 7 g.
  • Sugars: 1 g.
  • Sodium: 125 mg.
  • Protein: 2 g.
  • Fiber: 2 g.

References:
[1] Chan, Jackie Yan‐Yan, et al. “A Review of the Cardiovascular Benefits and Antioxidant Properties of Allicin.” Phytotherapy Research (2012).
[2] Westerterp-Plantenga, Margriet, et al. “Metabolic effects of spices, teas, and caffeine.” Physiology & behavior 89.1 (2006): 85-91.


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