A protein-packed snack or elegant appetizer, this fun twist on deviled eggs is made with creamy hummus and sprinkled with earthy za’atar.
Congratulations – you made it through Week 1 of the Healthy New Year 6-Week Challenge!! How did you do? Did you discover any creative ways to stay hydrated? Dara and I would love to hear your success stories. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to join the conversation happening over on our Facebook group. We are 500+ strong and you can join any time.
Week Two’s focus is very close to my heart, both figuratively and literally: exercise. Believe me, when I tell you, I never thought I would love to exercise. The truth is, I never worked out regularly until I started my weight loss journey at the age of 25. Like many sedentary Americans, I spent most (all) of my early years as an overweight child. Despite having athletic friends in high school and college, I never felt compelled to hit the gym until I finally got serious about losing weight six months after my wedding.
The first step I took was joining Curves. I was lured in by the fact that it only required 30 minutes, 3 days a week. Who doesn’t have 30 minutes, three days a week? I enjoyed the group atmosphere and the friendly, encouraging environment of the female-only gym. After each session, I felt good about myself which made me want to go back.
Similar to our Healthy New Year Challenge, I gave myself six weeks to see if I wanted to continue. They say it takes six weeks to form a habit and guess what? I was officially hooked. I haven’t stopped exercising since and believe me when I tell you – I never, ever thought I would say that. I’m not a size 2. I don’t have an athletic build. I’m a size 10/12 woman with curves. Literally.
It’s true, friends: exercise IS addictive. The body produces the same types of feel-good hormones post-exercise similar to that of morphine.
Once you start moving, endorphins are released that reduce the feelings of pain which explains why I felt fine the other day during boot camp but now my thighs are on fire and it hurts to sit. (Note to Self: Buy a foam roller to keep at home.)
If there is one final piece of advice I can give you when it comes to creating and sticking with an exercise schedule, it’s this: do what you love. For me, I found out very quickly that I love group exercise classes. On any given week, you’ll find me at kickboxing, yoga, boot camp, cardio blast, you name it. The variety keeps me from getting bored and the constant change in exercises keeps my body guessing which helps me avoid reaching weight loss plateaus.
Want to know another rumor that’s true? Exercise increases your metabolism which boosts your hunger levels. Listen up friends – don’t try and fight it! Your body needs the fuel to give you adequate energy to power through your workouts and repair torn (think: growing!) muscles. The trick is to make sure you’re eating whole foods that nourish the body, not destroy it.
For me, that usually means keeping high protein, ready-to-eat snacks on hand that I can grab right when I get home from the gym. Most recently, I decided to combine two of my favorite snacks: hard-boiled eggs and Sabra hummus into these insanely delicious and nutritious Hummus Deviled Eggs with Za’atar. I made a big batch one afternoon on a Sunday and kept them in the fridge for easy snacking all week long.
If your only idea of snack is something that comes packaged and processed in a box, think again. There’s no reason why you can’t munch on real foods like roasted veggies, no-bake energy bites or mixed nuts throughout the day. For another healthy recipe idea, be sure to check out Dara’s Hummus Linguine with Zucchini.
Your fork is waiting.
A challenge is always so much more fun, and dare we say easier when you have challenge buddies to keep you motivated and exchange ideas with. Dara and I are excited to share ideas with all of you in our Facebook group, and on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #HealthyNewYear. Be sure to tag Dara (@cookincanuck) and me (@thelemonbowl) on Instagram when you post a #HealthyNewYear photo, and feel free to share your photos, ideas and questions in the Facebook group.
Hummus Deviled Eggs
- 12 hard-boiled eggs (peeled)
- ½ cup Sabra Classic Hummus (or flavor or your choice)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons za’atar
- Slice eggs in half lengthwise and removing yolks to a medium bowl and placing the egg white shells on a large platter to assemble.
- Add Sabra Classic Hummus, lemon juice and olive oil to the egg yolks and mash together with a fork until creamy and smooth.
- Scoop a tablespoon full of the mixture into each egg white half (or use a piping bag if you’re feeling fancy.)
- Sprinkle with za’atar before serving.
Disclosure: We are thrilled to have Sabra on board as a sponsor for our Healthy New Year Challenge. As always, all thoughts are my own.
Check out more healthy appetizers on my Pinterest board!
When you mentioned hummus deviled eggs, I knew I had to come find these. They sound absolutely fabulous!
haha YES!! so simple but Im obsessed! Cant wait to try your curry version!
So….I made these today for a brunch I hosted. SO GOOD. I shall never make deviled eggs any other way again! I made them with the spicy Sabra.
OMG!! I’m so glad you liked them!!! Also I don’t know if I mentioned this in the post but I ate the with sriracha – how could you not?? YAY!!! xoxo
I’m with you, Liz: group exercise classes are the best! You don’t have to think about what comes next, and you can get a variety of exercise formats. The instructor says do, and you do it! I’ve made so many good friends at the gym, too. And yes, at times I have to force myself to get there, but afterwards, I do feel better. Onward!
Exactly!!! I’m heading to yoga shortly for that reason :)
I’ve never been big on devilled eggs since I don’t like mayo, but using hummus is brilliant! Plus za’atar… be still my heart!
I’m terrible about getting exercise in. I hate it! I know I really need to be better about it, but I haven’t’ found anything that I really like.
What did you like to do as a kid? Dance? Tennis? Volleyball? That’s always a good place to start. Exercise = play time. :)
I really like the idea of using hummus and za’atar to make deviled eggs. Definitely a lot more appetizing than the standard ones.
I have to agree. :)
I whine getting there but I do love my group exercise classes! Also I didn’t think deviled eggs could get better but you made them so.
YES!!! I just got home from one and I feel so happy I went!
These eggs sound amazing! I recently made homemade hummus with za’atar and it was awesome. I can only imagine how good it is with a deviled egg. YUM!
Oh my gosh isn’t it the best?
You’re a champ for using those foam rollers alone!! I love/hate them so much!! And these eggs – I would use a foam roller if there were these eggs at the end! Deal?
Oh my gosh I had to girl!! i was in desperate pain. haha I will totally leave an egg for you at the end of the foam roller!
I know I commented on FB, but I really do love the 6 week habit rule! It really works! Im on week 5 at crossfit and I still can’t believe I love getting my butt kicked! I can now say I can do things I wouldn’t have dreamed of less than 2 months ago! And the pounds are coming off too! :) Definitely joining this FB group!
Aww thank you so much!! I’m so glad you’re joining us!!! Good work with Crossfit!!
Love this fun deviled egg recipe and your healthy lifestyle! So refreshing to see hard work paying off. xo
You’re so sweet – thank you for your support friend!! xo
Once I finally realized that I could spare 30 – 45 minutes each day, particularly when it gave me so much energy, I started exercising regularly. There’s nothing like that feeling of an exercise high! And these deviled eggs…such a fantastic idea, Liz!
It’s really true. I mean it’s just 30-45 minutes. Who doesn’t have that? Thank you friend!
So pinned! These look great. And I’ve been looking for an excuse to get and use some za’atar so now I have it!
YES!! You must get some!
OK, don’t laugh – I did get some. Found a bag at the market last week. Just curious (because this seems like a LOT of za’atar) how you store yours?
I just keep mine in a ziplock bag in my pantry!
How long will it keep?
Up to 5 days! enjoy!
These look beautiful – and what a good idea to mix hummus in for deviled eggs!
It was like a lightbulb went off when I thought of it!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE hummus deviled eggs, they are so good. And these are beautiful!
Thank you my friend!
These eggs look delicious!
I never thought I would say it, but I do love working out! There is totally something addicting about it!!! Although after reading this, I am totally regretting that sugar cookie bar I just chomped on. At least it was tiny! Something tells me I should work on my eating habits a little bit harder!
I really never thought I would ever be addicted to exercise but it really is amazing how it happens isn’t it? Girl – you can keep eating those cookies. They’re so small anyway who even notices. ;)
Moving my body is a must! I make sure I do something every day. It is harder with two boys to get to the gym or to spend an hour plus working out, but I always do something! The elliptical, Shred, sit ups, push ups, walks, etc. I have to exercise for my sanity…and so I can enjoy cookies:)
Love the hummus eggs! Such a fun snack!
It’s really so true Maria. I always say – the boys need to get out their energy but really so does Mama!! These winters are so hard – I am missing our walks but I am glad we have other options to get us through. xoxo
I love the high exercise provides. I always have so much energy after I hit the gym. Yup, I’m always starving after I work out. Love these healthy deviled eggs. Pinned.
Yes exactly – it’s a high. I hope you try these Jennie! xo