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Here’s what I’m snackin’ on this week…

All I have to say is, Ranch Powder… and Greek Yogurt.

I have realized that my, currently carbohydrate heavy, diet is doing nothing for getting me into my 2 sizes too small summer clothes, which leaves me with only three options as far as I can tell…

  1. Muffin Top It.
  2. Buy a new summer wardrobe.
  3. Ditch some belly fat.

It’s obvious to me that #3 is probably not only the best option for my health, but for my wallet and social life as well.

Tortillas, pasta, and sugary sweets… I bid you adieu. I promise I will be back for you.

 That being said, I’m not much of a meat lover… other than seafood (LOVE) and some chicken every once and awhile. So, I am seeking out non-meat sources of lean protein. This search has lead me to the wonder that is Greek Yogurt.

It’s so creamy and delicious and kind of reminds me of sour cream in flavor, only tangier. You can use it for virtually anything. I put a dollop on top of my spicy scrambled eggs yesterday for breakfast, Miss M had hers with blueberries and a drizzle of honey, and my new fave is making individual sized veggie dip with powdered Ranch dressing.

I just take my little container of yogurt (which by the way has 15 grams of protein for only 80 cals), sprinkle in some ranch and mix it up. It’s so yummy! I love fresh raw veggies, but I also am a lover of the not-so-healthy dips that typically go along with them.

So, I think this is pure genius… try it.

Okay, so maybe I'm easily excitable and not a rocket scientist... but come on now. This is good stuff here.

Another delicious and healthy snack idea using the powdered ranch:

Pop some corn on the stove with some olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and powdered ranch. De-lish.

(This was Miss M’s idea… also a genius)

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Mmm, Mmm, HuMmmus

Now that I have legumes coming out of my ears, I’m making all things chickpeas and black beans.

It so happens, I just made some of the best hummus I believe I may have ever tasted, and now I MUST share. If you are a hummus lover as I am… you have got to try this. It sweet and spicy and wicked delicious!

I give you…

ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS… aaaaahhhhhhhhh

I was, literally, licking the food processor blades after I made this. I couldn’t get it into my face fast enough… safe, I know.

This is how the magic happened:

2 Cups Chickpeas (soaked and cooked, or canned), 3 roasted red peppers – skin removed, 3 T lemon Juice, 1 ½ T. Tahini, 1 clove garlic – minced, ½ tsp. cumin, ½ tsp. cayenne, ½ tsp. salt, 2 tsp. parsley flakes

Combine all ingredients in food processor.

Drizzle in some olive oil until desired consistency.

Disclaimer – this hummus is pretty zippy. If you are not a fan of heat I would recommend cutting the cayenne in half. Also, don’t cut your tongue on the  food processor blade. I found this on allrecipes.com

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