Making small changes to your diet after the holidays is the easiest way to stick to those healthy eating New Year's resolutions. Substituting high fat dips with celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder's chickpea-free hummus is a great way to do it. "Unsprouted chickpeas are starchy, and can make you gassy and bloated,” says Kim. "Because this recipe uses zucchini instead of a chickpeas, it’s lighter and easier to digest." Zucchini is also rich in healthy nutrients and vitamins such as C (which is essential for building bone and skin, and maintaining healthy teeth), and B9, which helps the body produce and maintain new cells.
In this recipe, you’ll also get the beauty benefits of tahini, which is made of ground sesame seeds. "Sesame seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of calcium, which promotes bone structure and movement," says Kim. Try Kim’s hummus as a snack with carrot or celery sticks, or as a yummy spread on sandwiches.
2 organic zucchinis, chopped
¾ cup raw tahini
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
½ cup fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 ½ tsp Celtic sea salt
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Dip celery, red peppers, and cucumbers in the hummus for a great snack or appetizer.
Kimberly Snyder is a Los Angeles-based celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution. She began her work after journeying through 50 countries and six continents, learning about health and beauty from many different cultures. With a philosophy rooted in the belief that outer beauty is a reflection of inner health, Kim now works with clients such as Hilary Duff, Olivia Wilde, and Drew Barrymore. Get lots of health and beauty tips by following her on Twitter at @kimsbeautydetox.