Low Calorie Hummus – No Oil

Ibiza is in two weeks time and I’m currently cutting all unnecessary calories out of my staple foods. Today for my dinner I made hummus with carrot sticks, alongside a bowl of vegetable soup. Low calorie foods always seems to taste better, I’m pretty sure it’s mostly to do with it being completely guilt free and feeling so refreshed afterwards.

Here’s how to make a divine tasting dip, extremely low calorie, and full of goodness. (Mine made about five or six portions, it can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container to come and nibble at whenever you’re hungry.)

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I used:

Half a tin of chickpeas

1 small red pepper

Small handful of red cabbage

8 baby plum tomatoes

1 tbsp of concentrated tomato paste

2 tbsp of Alpro plain soya yogurt

Big handful of spinach

2 spring onions

Juice from half a lemon

Sprinkles of salt, pepper, smoked paprika, oregano and basil

1 carrot for sticks to dip

  1. Wash all vegetables before cutting your pepper and adding it to the blender.
  2. Add all other ingredients except for spring onions.
  3. Blend the mixture, adding herbs and flavourings slowly until the required taste.
  4. Chop the spring onion and spoon it into the mixture.
  5. Cut the carrot into sticks and enjoy!

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Hummus is so easy to make which is why it is perfect for anyone, especially those with a busy schedule! Oil just isn’t necessary to make a great tasting dip, so using soya yogurt is the perfect replacement but any plain low calorie yoghurt you have in the fridge would work well.

Love Siân xo

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It’s me!

I’ll admit it, I have a huge passion for eating. I love creating new meal combinations and testing them out on my boyfriend (however, he may be slightly bias). Since starting university in 2015, my degree has really opened my eyes to benefits of a plant based diet. I really dislike the animal food industry and more so, the contribution it has on climate change. I’m surrounded by friends with similar opinions to food which has made this food journey so fun and enjoyable.

My Dad has always been vegetarian, but as my Mum loves to cook with meat she has always complained about it being ‘a pain’ to be cooking two separate dishes each meal time. Now I have the same problem with me and my boyfriend when cooking meals together – he is a massive meat eater and I have a feeling his love for bacon will never disappear. We often compromise by adding Quorn into meals when we cook together, but if he does want meat on a particular day he will often just cook some up to add into his portion – one dish, easy.

There’s so many plant based alternatives in the supermarkets now, that it has been so easy to begin the journey away from eating meat and animal products. Even eating out, the increase in people switching to a plant based diet has meant there are an increasing number of restaurants that cater to vegan diets, and with such yummy food. I also adore farmers markets, they offer local produce and the chance to support local businesses. I managed to grab a unicorn gingerbread cookie from the vegan stall last week, whilst pricey, it was well worth the money for a sweet exam break treat.

I’ve now finished my university exams! This means I have far more time on my hands over the summer to begin to blog and see if it’s for me. I’d like to bring an array of topics to my blog including food, diet, beauty and travel. I have some great trips lined up this summer including Ibiza and Iceland, so I think I’ll really enjoy sharing all of this with you!

 

Love Siân xo