Wednesday, February 6, 2013

S's Birthday

All I can say is wow, I had my share of crab legs last night and they were absolutely amazing. Although me and my boyfriend shared entrees so it was basically a race with him so he didn't eat everything. Mid dinner I looked over at him and his sister and said "crab leg eating with S is giving me anxiety" I then learned to get the meat out of the shell first and eat it all at once when they were all gone. Yes I have to have a strategy when sharing meals with my boyfriend. Dudleys is definitely one you should try if you have never been. (Spartanburg, SC).

Day 15:
Breakfast: 2 plain scrambled eggs
Snack: edamame
Lunch: grilled chicken baked with marinara and mozzarella cheese. side salad with small amount of feta and hummus
Snack:edamame. They had ice cream at work today believe me it was very tough to "just say no" :)
Dinner: veggie burger (no bread) with side salad with skim mozzarella cheese and hummus as dressing and I tried a small square of my fabulous breakfast casserole.
Dessert: no sugar added fudgesicle

I have become absolutely obsessed with hummus, I literally could eat it on anything, well maybe not yogurt:). So here are the health benefits and different ways to eat hummus. enjoy!

1. Health Benefits of Chickpeas
The nutritional benefits of hummus can be rooted down from each of its ingredients. For one, chickpeas are very healthy because they do not contain any cholesterol or saturated fats. They are also rich in protein. This makes hummus a favorite among vegetarians. Chickpeas are also known to be effective in preventing build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels. Apart from that, it can maintain correct blood sugar levels.
2. Nutritional Value of Tahini
Tahini, meanwhile, is full of fat and calories. However, the fact that it is used sparingly in most hummus recipes and that it mostly contains unsaturated fat means there is not much to worry about. Like chickpeas, tahini is also high in protein. Apart from that, it is a great source of calcium.
3.Healthy Ingredients in Olive Oil
Another healthy ingredient found in hummus is olive oil. As most people know, olive oil is a healthy fat. It has high monounsaturated fat content but low in saturated fat. This oil can thus help regulate cholesterol and protect the heart from various diseases.
4. Health Benefits of Garlic and Lemon Juice
Garlic and lemon juice, meanwhile, are filled with antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in the body. They also work to improve immune functions and fight of bacteria and viruses.
5. General Health Benefits of Hummus
Hummus as a whole contains plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for improving intelligence and maintaining a healthy heart. On top of it all, this dish also has iron, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, folic acid, and amino acids. Tryptophan, phenylalanine, and tyrosine are the amino acids found in hummus that can promote good quality sleep and uplift one’s mood.
Humus is loaded with nutrients that can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Include this in your diet by using it as spread on sandwiches and wraps, as dressing to your salad or pasta, as dip for raw vegetables, or as side dish for main courses.


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