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Kitchen Hack: Make Hummus in 3 Easy Steps

Kitchen Hack: Make Hummus in 3 Easy Steps

Hummus is one of the healthiest party dips out there. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are packed with fiber, while protein-rich tahini (sesame seed paste) is bursting with mind-blowing super vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, vitamin E and vitamins B1, B3, B5, and B15.  Add some zesty garlic, lemon juice, olive oil  and salt, and you have a taste sensation – perfect with potato chips, carrot sticks or any kind of bread!

East Coast Mum lifehack: Make hummus

    But did you know that you can make your own hummus for a fraction of the supermarket price?  With this kitchen hack, you can make hummus in 3 easy steps: just blend, transfer and garnish. Nothing could be easier, and nothing will impress your guests more than when you claim you have just  “whipped up” a batch of smooth, healthy, zesty hummus.

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    You need only 6 simple ingredients:

    1. 1 clove garlic
    2. 1 can chickpeas, drained (reserve a few for garnish)
    3. 1 lemon, squeezed
    4. 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
    5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    6. salt and pepper
    East Coast Mum lifehack: How to make hummus: immersion blender
      These blenders are amazing: every kitchen should have one!

       

      You will also use a hand blender, sometimes called an immersion blender (see photo above), a mixing bowl or cup (most hand blenders come with a large smoothie-style cup, or a bowl as above), a fancy dish and a spatula (if you have one).

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      Ready? Here are your three steps:

      1. Blend Your Ingredients

      Using your blender, whizz up all the ingredients, garlic first. As you blend, feel free to add a little extra water, or some extra olive oil, until you get a smooth paste.  Don’t be nervous: hummus is really forgiving if your quantities are not exact. Don’t forget to add salt!

      East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
        Garlic-hack: To avoid harsh garlic-breath, take the soft, green “dragon’s tongue” out of the middle of the garlic clove before using.

         

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        East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
          Chickpea-hack: tinned chickpeas are just as nutritional as dried and soaked chickpeas. Keep a few cans in your cupboard at all times.
          East Coast Mum lifehack: make hummus
            Olive oil is a must-have for any kitchen hacker. Make sure you have a bottle on standby at all times.
            Lemon with leaves
              Lemon-hack: to get more juice from a lemon, squeeze it at room temperature
              East Coast Mum lifehack
                Tahini-hack: store the unopened jar upside-down. This will displace the oil. Stir before using.
                East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
                  Don’t forget to add salt! Pepper is optional.

                  2. Transfer the Hummus

                  Using the spatula (or a spoon), transfer the hummus from the blending bowl into your best fancy dish- or your Mom’s fancy dish, or your roommate’s fancy dish. Anything that’s not an ashtray, basically.

                  3. Garnish the Hummus

                  Garnish with a big swig of olive oil (to be authentic, you can put a little olive oil pond right in the middle of the hummus), plus a few of the chickpeas you reserved. If you forgot to reserve the chickpeas, don’t worry! You can also garnish your hummus with some green stuff: parsley, cilantro – or even a celery sprig! Finally, sprinkle with a shake of spice. Paprika is best.

                  East Coast Mum lifehack: How to make Hummus

                    Hack Your Own Hummus

                    Once you have mastered the basic hummus, why not experiment with different flavors? Add chili sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce for some extra kick. Or how about a jar of sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers for a Southern flavor? Add harissa paste and lemon zest for a Moroccan boost, and for an Indian flavor, try cumin, turmeric or curry powder.  Some recipes recommend adding pesto and flat-leaf parsley for an Italian taste, or avocado and lime for a Mexican hummus-fiesta. You can see a few more ideas here.

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                    Did you find it super-easy to make hummus using this recipe?  Let us know!

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                    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                    1. Exercise Daily

                    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                    The basic nutritional advice includes:

                    • Eat unprocessed foods
                    • Eat more veggies
                    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                      5. Watch Out for Travel

                      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                      6. Start Slow

                      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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