A Delightful and Healthy Study Snack
For me, finals start next week. All the stress of having to study and prepare for five exams and write two papers causes me to scavenge for snacks. Of course my first instinct is to reach for a bag of chips and grab a large cola to help power me through studying. Unfortunately, the oily chips and soda cause me to become dehydrated and tired making it even more difficult to focus. This is why it is important to be armed with healthy and energizing snacks before finals even start. Hummus is great because it is fast and easy to make. This tasty dip is great with cucumber slices, celery, and tortilla wedges. My personal favorite is to eat it with carrot sticks.
Before you start, you’ll need some tahini. Tahini will give your hummus that characteristic nutty taste. I like JOYVA Sesame Tahini. You should be able to find it near the peanut butter at your local grocery store.
In order to make your hummus you’ll need one 19 oz can of garbanzo beans (save half the liquid and a few garbanzo beans), two cloves of garlic (one chopped, one whole), four tablespoons of lemon juice, two tablespoons of tahini, one teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and black pepper to taste.
In a food processor add the garbanzo beans, half the garbanzo juice, the whole clove of garlic, black pepper, salt, and lemon.
Combine all the ingredients until smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides as well. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
Transfer the hummus to a bowl and drizzle the olive oil on top. Lastly sprinkle the chopped garlic and garbanzo beans on top. Serve with carrot sticks or your choice of vegetable and happy studying!
NOTE: You can intensify the flavor of your hummus by adding more garlic.
NOTE #2: If you don’t have a food processor you can always use a blender instead. If you don’t have either, look on Craigslist to see if you can find a good deal on one of these appliances. I bought my 7 cup Cuisinart for only $15.
- 19 oz Can of Garbanzo Beans
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 2 Tbs Tahini
- 4 Tbs Lemon Juice
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil
- Pepper to Taste
- Add the whole clove of garlic, garbanzo juice, tahini, lemon juice, pepper, and salt.
- Combine until smooth (2-3 min).
- Transfer to a bowl.
- Drizzle the olive oil on top of the hummus.
- Sprinkle the garbanzo beans and chopped garlic on top.
- Serve with your choice of vegetable or pita chips or tortilla wedges.