Snack for Stamina (Part 2)

almond-butter-protein-snackSkinny Dipping

All good snacks give you more energy and hence more stamina. We love dips because they can be used either as a dip for crudités (cucumber strips, baby carrots, baby corn, mange tout, asparagus, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, sweet pepper strips, tender stem broccoli, mushrooms, baby marrow strips), or they can be used as a spread on low-GI bread or crackers such as Ryvita or oat cakes. Besides, they are super-easy to make from scratch if you have a blender. Sure, you can buy some, but why not take just a few minutes to prepare your own when you are already preparing meals in your kitchen?

Hummus

Whiz the following together: 1 tin (400 g) of chickpeas, drained; 4 Tbsp olive oil; 4 Tbsp lemon juice; 1 tsp (or more) crushed garlic; 4 Tbsp tahini or peanut butter; salt and pepper to taste.

Salsa

Finely chop and mix the following together: 4 ripe tomatoes; 1 red onion; 1 fresh chilli; a handful of fresh coriander; salt and pepper.

Guacamole

Mash a ripe avocado with ½ onion, finely chopped. Add a handful of fresh coriander or mint, finely chopped. Season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Aubergine and Coriander Dip

Drizzle the following with olive oil and roast until cooked (about 45 minutes at 220°C): 2 large aubergines, cubed; 1 images (6)medium sweet potato, cubed; 1 clove garlic, peeled; 1 onion, chopped. Allow to cool. Toss into a food processor or blender with a handful of fresh coriander. Blend till smooth. Season to taste.

Note: Almost any vegetable that has been roasted (roasting brings out the natural flavours) can be blended and seasoned with spices or fresh herbs and used as an easy dip or spread. Beetroot and butternut work well.

These dips and spreads will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. Stick to 3 Tbsp per serving.

As a potential new snack idea, try one or more of the dip recipes. Set yourself up for skinny dipping snacking success by keeping your refrigerator stocked with a selection of crudités for dipping.

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