Things have been b to the u-s-y lately, but despite the chaos a girl’s still gotta eat. Lunches are typically my least fave because I’m always in a rush and don’t have much time to prepare and sit down to a nice, leisurely meal like with dinner or weekend brunches. However I’ve recently shaken things up a bit with a new spread that makes for a tasty, easy lunch or a hearty snack.
Hummus +Guac + Fresh Veggies +Lime Juice + Seasoning = healthy, filling, fresh deliciousness
I know what you’re thinking- there’s nothing novel about it. You’re right, it’s pretty basic. But it’s also SO quick and good and versatile and nutritious and filling that I had to share it, because you can easily adopt it into your week day meals/ nibbles. It’s also fantastic for these hot summer months when you want something refreshing and don’t feel like cooking. No heating required and takes 10 minutes flat. It also gives me a ton of energy to power through the rest of the day and get ish done as it has everything one needs out of a meal- lean protein, fiber, healthy fats, and a ton of vitamins/minerals/nutrients. Here’s what you need in your spread to make sure you’re getting the most out of it-
Lean plant-based protein like hummus- It’s ideal if you can make your own as you can ensure it doesn’t contain ingredients like citric acid (put in foods to make the shelf life last longer) and tastes better. However I’ve been picking up the Whole Foods brand as it’s regularly freshly made and doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients. Because hummus is so rich in protein, it can help fight hunger cravings and balance blood sugar levels and help curb excessive snacking (just make sure you don’t eat it straight out of the container as you know you won’t be able to exercise proper portion control).
Healthy fats from guacamole- If you have just a couple extra minutes (you know you do) I highly advise you make your own guac. Especially my recipe, as it’s pretty much the best guacamole ever. The guac is such a nice compliment to hummus and is a perfect dip for your fresh veggies. Plus the combination of fats, fiber and antioxidants found in guacamole may lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Guacamole also helps you feel full between meals and may aid in weight loss when eaten in moderation as the monounsaturated fats digest slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer. I keep my portion control in check by making a single size serving with 1 avocado and I don’t have any more avo the rest of the day since I get more than enough at lunch.
Fiber and nutrients from raw veggies- Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard by now that veggies play a vital role in our diets, as they support normal functioning of the different body systems. They do this by providing our cells with vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential oils and phytonutrients. While eating cooked vegetables is healthy for you, in certain instances it’s better to eat raw vegetables. This is because cooking destroys essential nutrients such as vitamin C and also kills vital enzymes that help your body to digest such foods. Raw veggies also have a higher water content and are thus lower in calories. Replacing them for the usual dipping vehicles like chips and bread is a much healthier option.
Metabolism-boosting citrus and spices- Sprinkling lime juice on the fresh veggies not only enhances the flavor but aids in primary digestion (the digestive saliva floods your mouth even before you taste it). The natural acidity in lime does the rest by breaking down the molecules of the food (i.e. flavonoids) and stimulating the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids. Spices like chili powder, cumin and cayenne have been shown to increase circulation, aid in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. What does faster digestion mean for you? Less energy spent on digesting foods so that it can go towards other bodily functions (like muscle repair, oxygen to blood cells, etc).
So when you put that all together you get one ideal lunch plate. Not to mention the fact it packs really nicely and you can easily prep and take with you to work. Read on below for my fave guac and hummus recipes.
Easy Single Serving Guac
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled, chopped and mashed
- ½ lime, juice squeezed
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 5 cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tbsp cilantro, minced
- 2 tbsp onion, minced
- 1 tsp chopped jalapeno
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Mix all ingredients together. Boom!
Simple Homemade Hummus
- 1 15 oz can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove. minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp cumin
- 3 tbsp water
- dash of ground paprika
- Mix all ingredients together in a high-speed blender or food processor. Boom!