On a Saturday night, who doesn’t fancy some tortilla chips with a tasty dip? You don’t? Well you can tune out now if you don’t! For the rest of you, here’s my favourite recipe for a tasty hummus dip, that will save you lots of wasted calories and unhealthy ingredients that off-the-shelf dips are often guilty of containing.
This is literally a 2 minute recipe, all you have to do is get the ingredients out of the fridge/cupboard, wash and chop them, chuck them into the blender and blitz.
- 1 orange bell pepper, washed, cored & roughly chopped
- 1 spring onion, washed & trimmed
- 1 200g / 8oz can chickpeas in water, drained
- 1 heaped tbsp. tahini
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ to ½ tsp. ground cumin (adjust to taste)
- ½ to 1 tsp. garlic powder, or ½ to 1 tsp. minced garlic (adjust to taste)
- ¼ tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend on medium/high speed until smooth.
Simple as that! Dip your favourite chips into it, knowing that you have added decent amount of proteins and healthy fats to your Saturday night treat, and have also cut out any artificial ingredients that are often contained in commercially produced dips.
For those of use who have been eating clean for months or even years, we may not have realised it but this way of selecting natural, wholesome ingredients that are free from added sugar, salt and chemicals has probably become like second nature to us, it’s a way of life, it’s just what we do now. But how do you know when you’ve reached that point where you don’t have to think too much about it and how long does it take to get there? I’m going to look at what changes you need to make when you start your eating clean journey and how things might progress, until your eating and food-shopping habits are just a way of life, they’re just ingrained in you at root level. I also want to briefly ask the question, can we ever truly eat completely clean with the best will in the world, do we even need to, and if we miss the boat occasionally does it matter?
When I discovered eating clean a few years ago, it was at a time in my life when I had suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for many years, that would leave me doubled over in agony at the intestinal contractions that were happening in my lower gut. I want to say that eating clean saved my life but that’s a little dramatic as I wasn’t exactly dying. In truth, eating clean did turn my life around from an existence where I would always be sure to have anti-spasmodic tablets with me and would get anxious at the thought of going anywhere out of the ordinary because of fear of an IBS attack, to a life that was relatively carefree and didn’t require me to worry about the embarrassment of an attack when in public. Once I started eating clean my symptoms subsided and a few months later I was celebrating not having had any IBS symptoms for weeks on end. Hurrah! The final single ingredient that I discovered that COMPLETELY made me pain free I will tell you about later in this post. (more…)