H2T: Chick peas, yes please!

Ever walk by the delicious looking Mediterranean Bar in grocery stores? Next time you should grab some stuff from it! I got a container and filled it with olives, fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and some peppers. I had about a 1/2 cup of pitted kalamata olives, so I decided to throw in into the processor and make hummus to put on wraps or eat with veggies!

All you need is a can of chickpeas, whatever spices/add-ins you want, and a good processor to grind it up! I used kalamata olives, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

Drain the chick peas, but keep the water in a side container (you’ll need it!). Combine the chickpeas, spices and add ins and start processing them. It’ll come out kinda chunky, so add the water from the canned peas and make it as smooth as you like! The oil from the olives had some spices in it and made the texture a little smoother.

The best part (besides eating it) was putting it away in my favorite container. Olives are a healthy source of fat and chick peas are great protein. Eating this will help me build lean muscle and have enough fat to keep my brain protected and lady parts working well enough to let me have a baby some day. Whether you’re dieting or just enjoying a healthy lifestyle, don’t deprive yourself of lipids! Fats are essential to your nutrition.

About the Author

Heather Casey is a senior studying Broadcasting and Mass Communication with a minor in Health Science. She is spending her last semester at Oswego checking out all things health and wellness on campus and in the city! In her spare time Heather is an active member of the campus TV station WTOP as the Promotions Manager and a bi-weekly anchor on the evening news. She also writes for the online magazine HerCampus.com. Heather is always looking for new opportunities to highlight a nutrition, exercise, or wellness opportunity in Oswego, so feel free to email any suggestions for her upcoming web series Head2Toe at hcasey@oswego.edu
Email: hcasey@oswego.edu | Website: http://www.hercampus.com/heather-casey
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