It’s all well and good having a food plan or meals ready for the week ahead if you’re working or busy. But we all know that no matter what dieting plan or healthy eating mantra we are following, the afternoon hunger pangs are highly likely to pay us an unwelcome visit. Snacking can often put us into bad habits and

It’s all well and good having a food plan or meals ready for the week ahead if you’re working or busy. But we all know that no matter what dieting plan or healthy eating mantra we are following, the afternoon hunger pangs are highly likely to pay us an unwelcome visit. Snacking can often put us into bad habits and lean us further away from our fitness goals, however it certainly doesn’t have to.

If you think about what you’re snacking on, plan for it in advance and choose healthier snacking options, afternoon snacking doesn’t have to be a negative, it can be a boost of energy and goodness for your body that keeps you fuelled until dinner time.Healthy snack choices for the afternoon could be a homemade trail mix; a small bag of mixed nuts,

Healthy snack choices for the afternoon could be a homemade trail mix; a small bag of mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruit. This provides a great source of energy, many different minerals such as zinc and iron and a protein punch. You can also keep a piece of fruit in your bag or a pot of carrots and celery to enjoy with a healthy dip such as hummus. All of these snacks are easy to make at home and take under 10 minutes, making them inexpensive in terms of time and money. And to make the whole idea of afternoon snacking a fully homemade affair, here’s a super easy and tasty hummus recipe for you to use with those carrot and celery sticks: Quick & Easy Hummus Recipe:

Quick & Easy Hummus Recipe:

Makes 1 ½ cups
Takes 10 minutes to prepare

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 (15oz/425g) tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons hulled tahini, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove), plus more to taste
  • A pinch of ground cumin, plus more to taste
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper, plus more to taste (optional)
  • Pinch of sweet paprika, to serve

Instructions:

  • Throw all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender, and blast on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Tweak the tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with sweet paprika and a drizzle of olive oil, and serve with chips, crackers, veggie sticks, or slathered on sandwiches or wraps.

Recipe and photo source: http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/easy_5_minute_rescue_hummus_dip