Thursday, May 31, 2012

snacking revamp, part four


This is the final post (for now) about my weird snacking habits. If you've tuned into the first three installments, you'll know I'm trying to cut calories and boost vitamins in my nighttime snacking addiction.

I know it sounds unusual, but raw beet sticks dipped in hummus are truly tasty. I found this out when my good friend Amanda brought a veggie tray and hummus dip to a game night party (there's always that one person who brings healthy stuff like crudite to a potluck, but, oh yes, they will have the last laugh as they outlive the rest of us). I kept going back to her tray for more beets and hummus and I think I actually ate it all. Sorry, Amanda. :-)


I've never been a fan of canned beets (super yucky) but I discovered a few years ago that fresh beets are a whole different ballgame (Dwight Schrute would be proud). I love them roasted and raw. I don't do this snack as often at night because even though it is good for you, hummus is not low in calories.

But I give myself a little leeway sometimes because of the healthy veggies. Look at all those bright, beautiful red antioxidants. Don't they cancel out the olive oil calories?

Sure, why not.

20 comments:

  1. Well, I learned something new today! I didn't know you could eat beets raw! I bet you end up with pink fingers! And mouth? I quit planting beets in my garden because they're such a deer attractant.

    One of my "not robot" words is a picture! I have no idea what it is... Blurry keyhole? Peek hole in a door? Dirty navel? Weird!! What to type for that?!

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  2. Musta been a navel. That's what I typed, and it went through. Ha! Now I have another pic, but it's the number 18 on the side of a house or something. Maybe I'll try navel again. ;)

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  3. Hey, Grandma G. I didn't either until Amanda brought some on her crudite tray. They are quite mild and crunchy. Yes, they bleed all over the place when you slice them up, but leave them sitting out for about 30 minutes and the outsides become dry and less hazardous to touch. I've always thought that beet juice is the most beautiful color.

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  4. Sorry about the robot business. sigh. I'm glad you persevere through it. I love your comments! I have considered taking the security off the comments but you would not believe the spam you get.

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  5. Ha! Navel it is! This time it's a pic of a number 9 on a sign or something. I think I'll try navel for both words. ;)

    Oops! They didn't like that! I guess now they think I'm a robot. *sigh*

    Oh, BTW, have you ever had fried beets 'n onions? They're pretty good! Just cut up the beets raw and fry them in butter with lots of onions.

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  6. No, I've never fried up beets and onions. But I love butter and onions and beets, so the combo must be great! I have a feeling that would be something I'd have to eat on my own at my house.

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  7. I love beetroot and grow it on my allotment. Haven't eaten it raw before but will give it a go this summer. I'll probably need to wear a bib though!

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  8. We have beets in the garden and I never thought to eat them raw. I have hummus in the fridge...guess what I'm eating today??

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  9. I'm totally that person that brings the veggies and hummus to the parties! But I've never tried beets with hummus. I love beets and I adore hummus, so I'm gonna have to give this one a go!

    Btw, I've been loving your healthy snacking posts. One of my new favorite snacks is mashed up avocado with a little salt, a julienned carrot, all wrapped up in a cabbage leaf. It's crunchy and creamy and refreshing and now I've made myself super hungry...

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  10. You guys make me feel like I need to take up gardening. I've never grown my own veggies. How cool to walk in the back and dig up your own beet. Of course mine would be shriveled and bug ridden, most likely. LOL.

    Odd Dotty, that sounds really good. Love me some smooshed avocado.

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  11. You have inspired me! Last night I had a stalk of celery for my "bed-night snack" (as my little grandson calls it.) I was too lazy to pull up your blog and see what you had dipped yours in. Next time I'll get out the soy sauce...

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  12. Linda, the magic sauce is merely there to trick my brain into thinking celery is more desirable than popcorn. More power to ya if you can do without the sauce! :-) Glad to inspire any healthy eating, as ironic as my sister Lita would think that is.

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  13. Mmmbeets...now you're talkin'. Still haven't tried your apple or celery snacks, as I can't seem to find anything other than sweet not tart apples and celery leaf, not stalks. Wonder how mango would work as a replacement...I've got those coming out my ears!

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  14. Robyn, yes, mango sounds like it would be fabulous with soy sauce! I think Mitch said that was one of the fruits he ate with soy sauce in Hawaii. I'm jealous they are a dime a dozen over there, and I bet you have really good and juicy ones. Sorry about the Granny Smith and celery. I take those for granted here in the USA.

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  15. Mango and soy, yes. Mango and hummus, maybe not so much. :)

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  16. If you're cutting calories in other areas then the olive oil doesn't matter, plus it's massively good for you.

    I love avocado too, people used to label that as fattening but it's actually VERY healthy: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/dietandfitness/3337073/Super-foods-avocado.html
    I make a rustic guacamole by roughly mashing avocados with chili, a squeeze of lime, a splash of olive oil and a little salt, pepper...mmmm!

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  17. luckyandcharm, I like the way you think. Your guac sounds good! I'll have to add some chili to mine too. I don't usually include any oil, but I'll try it.

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  18. Ah! Beets! I love them, especially pickled. Raw with hummus - never tried but now I must.

    I've been loving your healthy snack posts...

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  19. Really good hummus I make all the time and is way healthy:
    simmer 3 cans of beans (chickpeas are traditional but it's your choice!) in 2 c broth until most of the liquid is gone and then beans are really mushy, then bend (stick blender or a potato masher works!). add pepper, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, and tahini (if you like that sort of thing, I don't). Eat. Be happy.

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  20. Great idea! My daughter stumbled onto a recipe for kale chips. You should try that one too!

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