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Raw Zucchini Hummus & Veggie Chips

28 Aug

 

I’ve stepped up my training for an upcoming race.

I’m running about 25 miles per week. In my mind I can do more, my body on the other hand? Beat up. Considering I stand all day for work, my conditioning is pretty good and I supplement my runs with yoga to help keep my muscles limber and avoid them from seizing up in agony…. I don’t want to be THAT photo during the race: the red-faced runner grabbing their calf after it cramps up and  they fall over in pain. Fellow racers jumping over the felled runner to avoid trampling her. Chaos all around.

PLEASE don’t let that be me. PUH-LEEEZE.

This is my normal run route. Not too shabby, huh?

With the increase in miles, my calorie burning is at a frantic pace. I am constantly hungry. So it is important to have easy, quick, healthy things to eat before my blood sugar totally crashes and I threaten to cause harm to puppies if I don’t get a pizza delivery.

This is something I have been into lately. Its easy to tote around with some cleverly cut veggies. Deceptively creamy and satisfying.  This is a really basic recipe. Try it once and then get creative. If you have fresh herbs throw them in, basil or cilantro come to mind. If you are not sticking to the idea of this being a raw recipe, then sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers work wonders.

Being that this is the end of summer, you should be able to find a lot of zucchini (at really good prices) this is something that you can make a lot of and freeze in serving sizes, then thaw out over night in the fridge. Take it to work the next day and boom – delicious. You can also thin this out with some really good extra virgin olive oil and use it as a salad dressing. If you are tired of your old vinaigrette routine, this is a creamy treat.

Why you should eat this?

Zucchini is a vegetable that is low in calories, it’s high in potassium, vitamin A, and folate. Which are great for athletes recovery, but the star here is the nutritional yeast.

People, meet nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast, meet people.

Nutritional yeast is grown on mineral-enriched molasses and is pasteurized at the end of the growth period. The yeast is then inactive, so it is safe for those with candida, but if your case is bad, I’d just avoid it. Nutritional yeast is wheat and gluten-free, which makes it different then the baking yeasts that most of us think of when we hear the word “yeast”. Nutritional yeast contains 18 amino acids and is rich in 15 different minerals and the B complex vitamins. Because of its amino acid and mineral content, nutritional yeast is an important part of a vegetarian or vegan diet.

I buy it in the bulk isle at Real Foods here in SF, you can certainly get it at Whole Foods too. It stores nicely in a jar with a tight lid in the cupboard.

The flakes will impart a cheesy flavor. So it is great in dips, dressings, soups, and pasta dishes.

I like this dip as opposed to a garbanzo bean hummus before runs because beans are heavy and can make you gassy or bloated. Both feelings that you don’t want to have while on a long run. OR while you are sitting in your cubicle.

Raw Zuchini Hummus  (Servings: 6-8)

  • 2 Italian Zuchinis, Chopped
  • ¾ c. Raw Tahini
  • 3 Garlic Cloves , Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 ½ tsp salt

 

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend. Doh. This picture kills me… sorry about the blurry.

Easy, right?

 

While that is going, you can cut up some veggies like this. Makes for a nice dipping “chip”. I do this with cucumbers and carrots. You can also eat it with baby carrots, celery, or pita chips, anything that you’d eat with normal hummus.

Then, eat up!

SO good. Trust me,

Nichole

P.S. Guys, I am running the SF Giants race and raising money for Project Open Hand. Donate tomorrows coffee money here or meet me at the finish line with a sandwich. Either one works for me.

Donate here: http://www.race-sfgiants.com/TheGiantRace2012/GetThisGirlaSandwich

 

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