The other day, I could have just kicked myself! I got caught in a food foible and I should have known better!
I took my husband in for an outpatient surgery with an arrival time of 10:30 AM. We spent most of the morning getting the house set up for his recovery and, after a quick breakfast, I thought I would grab lunch at the surgery center while I was waiting, because…
…certainly, in a same day surgery center, they would have a small café where one can grab a quick sandwich or salad, right? Wrong! No café.
…certainly, in a same day surgery center, they would make a way to stay in touch with relatives who have stepped out for a quick lunch at a nearby restaurant, right? Wrong! Relatives must stay within the walls of the surgery center at all times.
I had made lots of wrong assumptions which put me in a bad place in terms of food choices. The surgery center did, however, provide snacks for waiting relatives and they looked like this:
Popcorn was the only “real food” option, so I enjoyed that. Beyond that, it was all about reading labels and choosing the granola bar with the highest amount of protein and fiber and the lowest amount of sugar. So, I had a snack and it was okay, but I could have done so much better.
You see, I forgot about my “go to” snack which is a snack that I always have ingredients for so that I can produce it in very little time. My current “go to” snack is hummus and cut up vegetables. I serve it every time when we host our small group because it is easy and healthy and, no matter what anyone else brings, people have at least one healthy choice food-wise. The great thing about hummus and veggies is that they are very portable. It would have been so easy to quickly put some in a container and take it to the surgery center with me. And I think that hummus is so much fun because there are so many different things that you can do with it! My current favorite is Macadamia Nut Hummus (recipe below).
My experience reminded me of the importance of always having my “go to” snack in the refrigerator and ready to go. It only takes about 15 minutes for me to make a homemade hummus and cut up some veggies and they last in the refrigerator for the entire week. The result is that I have a healthy and portable snack anytime I need it. My food foible could have been easily avoided.
Having a “go to” healthy snack in the house requires that I plan ahead, be prepared and have provisions on hand.
That means that I have the ingredients on my standing weekly grocery list and that I take the 15 minutes once a week to prepare it and have it ready to go in the refrigerator. Being prepared and having provisions on hand are indications of wisdom, intelligence and good management. From Abigail (1 Samuel 25:2-42), to the ant (Proverbs 6:6-8), to the woman of Proverbs 31 (Proverbs 31: 10-31), we see that being prepared and having provisions on hand enables us to effectively manage circumstances that come our way.
How about you? What is your healthy “go to” snack that can be used as a provision on hand for even the most difficult of eating situations?
Macadamia Nut Hummus Platter
1 cup dry roasted macadamias
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic. minced
¾ - 1 tsp salt (depending on tastes)
2-3 tbsp water
⅓ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
Assorted cut up veggies – red/yellow peppers, zucchini, carrots
Place macadamia nuts in food processor and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides periodically to make sure all the nuts are processed. (The nuts will break down, release its oils and go from grainy to paste-like)
Add all the rest of the ingredients to the food processor, streaming the olive oil as blending.
Taste and adjust seasoning needed.
Hummus will thicken in the refrigerator so bring to room temperature before serving.
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About the author:
Hello! My name is Ginger Hill and I am a Christ follower and a wellness professional. Over the years, I have personally and professionally seen the benefits of healthy living and I have also seen the hardships of struggling to practice good health habits in the midst of a busy and sometimes stressful life. I am passionate about helping myself and others to live a healthy lifestyle and I believe that good health is essential in helping us to do the good works that God has called us to do. Because I am a work in progress, I write these blog posts to encourage myself and I share them with others in the hope that they may be encouraged as well.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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