feeding myself January 7, 2013

Our trip to the mountains ended on January 2nd. We came home. We unpacked. We allowed ourselves one more day of “our normal routine” before the belts tightened on our healthy habits. To me, my new year started on January 3rd. I’m focusing on feeding myself – physically and mentally.

I’ve read half of a book so far this year. That’s about 150 pages more than 2012.

I’ve stepped away a bit from the tweets and the updating and the number-crunching. It’s a good thing. It really is.

I’m working on measuring successes based upon happiness level – how it affects me and my family – and little else. I’ll report back on that one.

Most importantly, I’m spending as much time on myself as I am other things. Letting the constant entertaining and even more incessant working lag a bit. Using those moments to pay closer attention to what I eat and the way I feed myself. Not making excuses anymore – work, events, my toenail fell off (this really happened) – and just doing it. Quit saying it’s too cold/early/tiring and make it work. Vanity is a strong motivator but so is wanting to feel better. To walk taller and more lightly. You’ll see the fruits of that here, I sure hope.

Lemony Spinach Hummus – makes roughly 2 cups

This isn’t so much a recipe as a shopping list – this hummus is embarrassingly easy to make. Hummus has protein, which is what you want in healthy snacking. There’s antioxidants in the lemon and garlic, too. The perils of hummus snacking, for me, is always the pita or chips. As much as I love them, I’m learning to eat hummus with crispy cucumber slices (i ate one plain and didn’t die, for those who know my disdain for them), radishes and zucchini wedges. If you have willpower, nosh on this hummus with some whole wheat pita chips or some papadum.

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tbsp. chopped chives
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, washed and thoroughly drained
  • zest and juice of 2 small lemons – some comment have said it’s too citrusy. start with one, taste it and add another if needed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

- Combine the chickpeas, garlic cloves, and chives in a food processor and pulse until roughly mixed. Add the spinach, lemon zest and squeeze in the lemon juice and puree until smooth. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Taste and season to your liking with salt and pepper. Garnish with some crunchy salt, some herbs or celery leaves or some chopped chives. The lemon in the recipe will help the hummus keep a vibrant color for a day or two if you store it in an air-tight container.

Some other snacks and healthy recipes I’ve been pinning or pining away for:

Comments

Kalyn Jan 7, 2013 01:01 pm

Love the sound of this!!

Lynn Jan 7, 2013 02:01 pm

That looks like something I could eat all of. :) I’m still in that holiday mode of wanting to eat too much.

Eileen Jan 7, 2013 05:01 pm

This looks fantastic! Ordinary hummus is a little on the stodgy side for me–so this green version looks just about perfect.

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El Jan 7, 2013 09:01 pm

Wow! Where is that bowl from?? It is so lovely :)

Denise Jan 7, 2013 09:01 pm

I am right there with you on these goals. We just got home from two weeks of gorging and being sloths in cold Boston. I am excited to start eating better, and to move my body.

We are huge hummus eaters – great snack and light lunches! Have not tried with spinach, and cannot wait to do so!

Happy New Year!!

sara forte Jan 8, 2013 12:01 am

yum. I always my pack my hummus with herbs, but I’ve yet to pack it with spinach. best to you in eating better in the new year. I come up with so many excuses not to exercise, but when I do it, even when I’m tired, I feel better. cheers to you, my dear.

denise Jan 8, 2013 07:01 am

Sounds great, but your recipe (“shopping list”) doesn’t mention when to add the spinach- with the chickpeas/garlic/chives? Can’t wait to try it!

ProGait Gait Analysis Manchester Jan 8, 2013 08:01 am

Yum! I love hummus and didn’t realise how easy it is to make. I’ll be giving your recipe a try, thank you for sharing!

Sarah Jan 8, 2013 08:01 am

Thanks so much for the kind shout-out! And I’m in such good company. This hummus looks awesome, too. —S

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Jan 8, 2013 10:01 am

I have to get away from the pita chips too. I love the color of this hummus, beautiful!

Sarah | Shine Food Jan 8, 2013 11:01 am

This is such a beautiful and inspiring post. My new year’s intentions are very much in the same vein, but reading your desire to take such good care of yourself gave the nudging reminder I needed this morning. Thank you for that.

We’re collecting recipes for the Shine Supper Club this month that are all about a return to healthy eating. This gorgeous (!) recipe would be a perfect contribution. I hope you’ll consider joining us.

Be well, and thanks again for the moment of bright calm. :)

Kankana Jan 8, 2013 12:01 pm

Brilliant idea to use spinach in hummus. And I love the texture of the plate you used :)

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen Jan 8, 2013 03:01 pm

This looks incredibly vibrant and healthy! Just what a person craves on a dark, cold, overcast day.

Ashley Jan 8, 2013 05:01 pm

Wow! I love the vibrancy of colors in that photo and this twist on hummus. Best of luck ‘making it work!’ :)

Kelsey Jan 8, 2013 10:01 pm

High fives, fist pumps, and big hugs for all of this.

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Paula - bell'alimento Jan 13, 2013 02:01 pm

About to rummage through my pantry for chick peas.

monica Jan 20, 2013 11:01 am

Beautiful photography and I love the vibrant green in your hummus.

Emma Jan 21, 2013 12:01 pm

This looks delicious. I will try this at home soon. Great photography. Please check out the food blog I have just started http://www.surreyKitchen.wordpress.com. Thanks!

Laura Jan 22, 2013 03:01 pm

Just made this and it is a bit too lemony for me (I used 1 large lemon instead of 2 small ones)…great texture though, next time will just omit the lemon.

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Deukap Feb 8, 2013 08:02 am

Wow, such a special hummus, looks beautiful. As I am a huge fan of spinach I definitely have to try this one!

Andrea Feb 11, 2013 03:02 pm

I found this recipe on Pinterest. I have already made it twice this week :)

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Leslie Feb 19, 2013 11:02 am

I should try dipping cucumber wedges!

Slices of fresh bell pepper (a mix of red, yellow, and orange!) are my favorite healthy snack with hummus.

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Micaela @MindfulMomma Feb 28, 2013 03:02 pm

Mmmmmm……looks and sounds delicious! Happy to have found you from BonBon Break!

Sevimin Askanasi Mar 1, 2013 03:03 am

very healthy and looks very nice, I love it

Emma Barrett Apr 4, 2013 11:04 am

Thank you for visiting surreyKitchen. I love this post, can’t wait to try this hummus recipe at home. Thanks for posting. Stunning photography. Emma.

Brad Apr 6, 2013 11:04 pm

Wish I could see a printer friendly print option for this recipe (without the picture, comments etc.).

Donna Baggette Jun 24, 2013 05:06 pm

Going to the shore for the Fourth of July. This sounds like the perfect thing to enjoy Bon the beach before the fireworks!

JK Aug 11, 2013 10:08 am

Oh my gosh. Just made it and it is super awesome and so adaptable! I adjusted my ingredients to my liking (more spinach, more garlic, bit of chilli) and it is really good! Loads of recipe reviews say to avoid tinned chickpeas, and in essence I agree – but if you’re going to max out the flavours then this has got to be one of the easiest and best recipe’s going!

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Yvonne Feb 23, 2014 02:02 pm

Looking forward to feeling great, thank you for the inspiration.

Dina Hurtado Aug 10, 2014 04:08 pm

Green hummus ? It looks delicious ! Thank you for sharing!

Olwomen Aug 17, 2014 01:08 pm

This isn’t so much a recipe as a shopping list – this hummus is embarrassingly easy to make. Hummus has protein, which is what you want in healthy snacking.