In my world, creativity and activity are best friends most of the time.
Meaning, I'm not the girl who will growl at you in the morning if she hasn't had her coffee yet, or breakfast, or time to read the paper or whatever it is. I thought I was - food is usually my last night-time thought and first morning-concern - but lately I've noticed that there's something else I can't quite function without.
Physical activity. Yupp. Exercise - running, HIIT-ing, cycling, pumping iron (yes, I do that) - I neeeeeeed something in the morning to get my blood moving fast. On the days when my legs/arms/mind wants nothing to do with weights, jump-squats, or running, I drag my dog on 45-60 minute walks because, as good as Saturday morning cartoons and pancakes sound, blog posts and recipe-testing sound much more productive.
There are days, however, when mornings are consumed by other things. Like the pure care-free happiness of staying under my fluffy covers and watching the movies playing on my inner-eyelid screen. And then scones. And then Sunday-morning-Jesus-is-calling time.
But once I've given those priorities (that scone was a priority, no matter what nutrition says) the time they need, I can put all the energy I have left into my workout and float for the rest of the day on the creativity cloud formed from all that post-workout smoke. BAM.
Packing my lunch for work like....
"I want a sandwich. And I'm feeling mighty fine and vegan today, but hummus and lettuce just don't do it."
If you ever watched Jimmy Neutron way back when he was all hot and happenin' on Nickelodeon, do you remember his moments of "THINK! THINK! THIIIINNNKKK!" Well, that was me trying to kick my creativity-cloud into gear and come up with something to sustain me for 6 hours of work, and keep satisfied and powerful in resisting complimentary warm, doughy waffles at said work.
Jimmy, you should try this stuff, 'cause it takes hummus to a whole new level. I mean, if you were into hummus...
It's got the creamy base hummus needs, but the whole black beans give it a substantial, you-can-eat-just-this-and-be-totally-awesomely-full thickness regular hummus lacks. And you can eat it however you want! I stuffed as much of it as I could between 2 slices of Ezekiel bread with mixed greens and thinly sliced cucumber so I could take it to work, but you can dip carrots, celery, and whatever other crudite you'd like in it, or spread it on some crackers. Or lather it on your face as a night-time cleansing facial mask and then blend it with a banana the next day as your morning smoothie!
Okay, so you probably shouldn't try those last two...
But do whip this recipe up! I know it has the nutrients, the uniqueness, and the taste to be a quick and easy lunch-bag sammy or a go-to appetizer for a hungry crowd (just double, triple, or multiply the recipe by however many guests you'll have).
Let me know what ya' thinnnnnk, peeps! Comment below. Email me. Tag me. Call me. Maybe. I'd love to hear from you!
Makes 1-2 servings
½ small avocado
1/3 cup low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. garlic spread*
Cracked black pepper, to taste
1. Just mash everything together in a small/medium-size bowl until it’s all combined.
2. Add more cilantro or black pepper if you’d like, and then refrigerate or serve immediately. If you choose to refrigerate it, or can’t finish it all in one sitting, then I suggest checking out these tips for storing anything with avocado in it.
* I bought homemade garlic spread from a vendor/mediterranean flavor magician (check him out on facebook!) at a local farmers’ market, but I assume/hope (for the sake and happiness of your taste buds) that your local health food store sells some. If that’s not the case, this recipe seemed to be the best I could find - give it a try! Or, option number three would be to add in minced garlic cloves and olive oil until you achieve a hummus-like consistency.