Healthy Recipes for Kids: Yellow Light Hummus
Healthy recipes for kids should taste delicious and be quick and simple to prepare. At Kurbo, we get a lot of questions about hummus because sometimes it counts as a yellow light and sometimes it counts as a red light. Hummus is one of those deceptive foods because not all brands are created equal. Some have tons of oil (read: extra calories) and some have less. Ideally, your hummus has just enough olive oil to make it creamy and yummy without being excessive. Hummus is a very versatile, healthy, and delicious food so there is no need to avoid it–just make it at home. It is surprisingly easy and once you try your own hummus, you are never going to want to purchase it at the store again!
If you want to get experimental with your healthy recipes for kids, try making different variations from the core recipe below. For example, you could try blending bell peppers, or roasting your garlic, or adding rosemary….get creative!
- 1 can garbanzo, (15 oz) drained
- 1 clove, garlic
- 1 or lemons, juiced
- ½-1 teaspoon paprika
- 1-2 teaspoons salt
- 6 tablespoons, ice water
- Parsley, optional
- Place the garbanzo beans, lemon juice, salt, and garlic in a food processor and blend.
- Add the ice water slowly and continue to blend until smooth.
- Taste it before adding the paprika or extra salt because you may decide you like a less bold flavor or perhaps a saltier flavor.
- Feel free to adjust the measurements to your palate. If the consistency is thicker than you like add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Blend until well combined.
- You can garnish with parsley and serve with celery sticks, carrots, homemade whole wheat pita chips!
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons (1 yellow) and 1/2 whole wheat pita bread (1 yellow) and endless veggies (green)!
Coach Arielle is an International Coaching Federation accredited coach and completed advanced training with kids and teens in Mind Body Medicine and Mindfulness meditation. Arielle is passionate about working with kids and wellness stemming from her own wellness struggles. Arielle loves laughing, meditation, yoga, hiking, cooking, baking and experimenting in the kitchen. She discovered that by focusing on healthy behaviors rather than calories she could lead a happier and healthier life. Arielle graduated from UCSB.