Superbowl Slimdown: Guacahummus – The best hybrid guacamole/hummus you’ve ever had!

A lighter alternative to Guacamole - Guacahummus!, hummus, low fat hummus, low calorie dip

A lighter alternative to Guacamole – Guacahummus!

It’s February and that means its time for FOOTBALL! However, do your usual Super Bowl snacks leave you feeling bloated and puffy, like YOU’RE stuffed into a pigskin? Have no fear – Guacahummus is here! This lightened-up dip saves you over 75 calories on average from fatty restaurant style guacamole. The best part is because of the tangy cilantro and creamy avocado, you really won’t even notice this fiber-rich fakeout isn’t the real stuff. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Note: You MUST use a food processor or blender for this recipe. One 2.5 tablespoon serving is approximately 88 calories, but you could certainly have much less and still be satisfied ā€“ Iā€™m just all about volume! šŸ™‚

Ingredients for Guacahummus - water and garbanzo bean liquid not shown!

Ingredients for Guacahummus – water and garbanzo bean liquid not shown!

1 can of Garbanzo Beans, drained, with 2 TBSP liquid reserved
1 small, ripe avocado
2 peeled garlic cloves
2 TBSP lemon juice
3 TBSP water
1 big bunch of washed and dried cilantro, stems mostly chopped off
Salt and Pepper to taste (Add Cayenne if you’re feeling spunky!)

1) Drain the garbanzo beans and add to your food processor. Blend until chunky and beans look like “crumbs”. Add the reserved two tablespoons of garbanzo bean liquid from the can.

chickpeas in blender to make hummus

Put your garbanzo beans or “chick peas” into your food processor with the garlic.

2) Add in the two tablespoons of lemon juice and garlic cloves. Blend until smooth.

Add your lemon juice to the food processor.

Add your lemon juice to the food processor.

3) Add the avocado, removing the pit and blending until smooth. Add the 3 TBSP water and blend again until smooth and thin.

avocado hummus

Add your avocado to the mixture.

4) Cram the cilantro in the food processor. For easier blending, split it in half and do it in batches. Blend, blend, blend until it takes on a beautiful guacamole color and there are no big lumps.

Put your cilantro into the food processor.

Put your cilantro into the food processor.

5) Season to taste with pepper, salt and garlic powder. If you like your guacahummus thinner, add a little bit of water until it reaches the desired consistency.

6) Serve with carrot chips, tortilla chips, cucumber slices or anything your low-fat heart desires! Enjoy!

Serve with tortilla chips or fresh vegetables of your choice - and enjoy!

Serve with tortilla chips or fresh vegetables of your choice – and enjoy!

 

Tuesday Tidbits

Hello lovelies! How was your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? I didn’t know I had the day off, and when I called in for my morning conference, myself and the other telecommuter were on the line by ourselves, when we received an e-mail that we were off for the day! That was a nice surprise! I spent my day off lazing about, working on my thesis, meeting some old friends for lunch and enjoying the company of OUR NEW KITTEN!

Our new kitten!

Our new kitten!

Meet Oliver! Oliver is nine weeks old and from the South Los Angeles shelter. We had originally met his little brother “Note” but Note was already claimed for adoption. I wrote on the shelter’s Facebook wall asking if they had any other kittens and VOILA, turns out Note had a brother! Oliver was originally named Cymbal, but we felt his playful spirit, curious nature and mischievous face deserved a cheeky name like Oliver. Isn’t he a little love? Our teenaged cat Lucia is not yet thrilled about his arrival, but I know in a few weeks they’ll be curled up together like old chums.

Walking to the grocery store!

Walking to the grocery store!

After a few weeks of recovering from jetlag and a cold, I was ready to get back into a fitness routine this weekend. As we drove Oliver home from the shelter Friday night, we were stopped at a red light when all of a sudden, BOOM! Another car slammed into my little car from behind, pushing us forward. We pulled off to the side and miraculously there was no damage, but I was feeling pretty shaken up after my first car accident (but nobody was hurt and it wasn’t my fault. Whew!). It’s really alarming how much you can feel the impact of being rear-ended – I felt the jolt from the base of my spine up through my neck. I took it easy the rest of the weekend as I felt kind of stiff and sore and didn’t want to push my luck. However, I made sure I got some activity and did some good, physical chores – like planting daffodil bulbs, weeding the garden and walking to the grocery store.

Sleeping Kitten. Awww.

Sleeping Kitten. Awww.

This week I have a couple fun things lined up for you – a sister/sister review of the FullBeauty Camisole Bra, a review and giveaway of the KalorieBox, and a recipe for Guacahummus, my newest snack obsession. I also need to figure out a new way to track my weight loss progress, because I want to “start over” with my weight loss goal and start counting down from the FULL amount of weight I need to lose. I originally said 50 pounds because that seemed like a doable, not scary number to achieve first. Now that I’m about 20-22 pounds in (depending on the day), I need to face the reality that I have much more than 30 pounds to go until I’m at a healthy weight and BMI. So watch for that in the next few weeks šŸ™‚ Ok – I’m out for now, but I hope you had a wonderful, safe weekend!