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 one 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.
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.