Oh, what a wonderful time of year! Each year the holiday season is filled with get-togethers, potlucks, and dinner parties. And that means they’re filled with food! If you’re not careful, it’s easy to eat a few too many snacks for guests and gain an extra five or ten pounds—which you can then resolve to burn off in the gym after New Years!
This weight gain is a common symptom of the holidays. Even starting with Halloween candy in October, then cruising through Thanksgiving, and in full swing by Christmas/Chanukkah/Kwanzaa, our diets are bombarded with various snacks for holidays. And lots of times, especially fixing up last minute snacks for guests, you may find yourself setting out some pinwheels or gingerbread men that are not, shall we say, optimally configured to your guests’ nutrient needs.
This is where our flavor gurus at HOPE Hummus decided to step in. Hummus is an invaluable resource for creating healthy and delicious snacks for the holidays, especially when you’re rushing to make quick snacks for unexpected guests! So this season, worry not… and spend your New Year’s resolution on something fun, while everyone else is crowding into the gym!
Scrumptious Hummus Snacks for Holidays
These tasty little toasts are wonderful last minute snacks for guests. Simply pop baguette slices in the oven till golden, then top with Original Recipe, Roasted Black Garlic, or Buffalo Bleu hummus and some sliced cherry tomato, kalamata olives, feta, basil, or whatever captures your fancy!
When you’re having the whole family over, your snacks for the holidays will need to include some fun ideas for the curtain climbers. But fear not—these festive little trees are a cinch to make, and to let children decorate! Simply stick a pretzel stick into a slice of pizza crust or pita bread, top it with HOPE Green Chile Guacamole, and let the kiddies go to town with various colored slices of bell pepper.
Just because the holidays are traditional doesn’t mean that you have to be! These super simple lettuce wraps are a perfect solution when you’re making quick snacks for unexpected guests. Romaine lettuce shells, toasted chickpeas, grated carrot and red bell peppers are held together by peanut sauce and Thai Coconut Curry hummus. Yum!
Talk about a festive look! The dark purple color of this tasty and healthy dip makes it a perfect food for weekend guests. Combining Spicy Avocado hummus, fresh beet, watermelon radish, scallions, and pine nuts, this dip is the perfect accompaniment to your holiday cracker lineup.
Everybody likes chicken wings. Even people who don’t eat chicken! How do we know? Because these little bites are one of our favorite snacks for guests. Just cut up some cauliflower, dip it in a sauce made with Buffalo Bleu hummus, and watch your holiday platter disappear. For an extra twist, try out our Mango Jalapeño Cauliflower Wings with Jalapeño Cilantro hummus.
Do you have an idea for a holiday hummus treat? Try making your own with USDA Organic, preservative-free HOPE Hummus, and share it with us!
This season, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday, full of fun and friends. Cheers and happy feasting!