My kids could eat from morning to night. While I make many of those snacks myself, this mama can’t keep up with those perpetual eating machines, so I’m happy to have found the line of Good Health® snacks to reach for when I need something fast, but still made with simple, organic ingredients, and without any funky colors or ingredients. Of course when you have Good Health® snacks, you definitely need a healthy dip with tons of protein and fiber, and even some extra veggies lurking in there. So chop some vegetables for a delicious appetizer or snack, or pack some chips in your lunchbox after you’ve blended up a batch of smooth and creamy Smoky Cheddar and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus.
Smoky Cheddar and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
Disclaimer: This post was written on behalf of Good Health® and BlogHer. As always, all opinions are my own.
You’ve seen The Bug’s Lunchbox on Facebook and Instagram, right? Well if you haven’t, here’s a quick rundown. I pack my kid’s lunch and snap a fast photo everyday. I don’t style the food, use my fancy camera, and edit the photos. I just point my iPhone and click. It’s not museum-worthy art with veggies carved into animals, fruit slices cut into flowers, and sandwiches that are cut into hearts. But I do try to keep changing things up and make it healthy and interesting.
People ask me how I come up with all the ideas, but my basic plan is that I have no plan. I open the fridge, see what we have, and concoct something. Yes, I keep basics around, such as fresh and dried fruit, veggies, Greek yogurt (for dips), cheese, nut or sunflower seed butter, whole grain tortillas, and then even things like bags of freeze dried fruit and applesauce pouches when I am in a pinch and don’t have much time. But it’s not surprising to see leftover frittata or quinoa show up in there, and nine times out of ten he happily devours it.
The Bug starts Kindergarten in September, and I’m not afraid about him fitting in with his classmates or keeping up with the schoolwork. I’m most concerned about lunch. You see, he used to finish off pretty much anything I put in there. But this year he has already requested specific things a couple of times–tuna on one occasion and blue cheese dip for his carrots on another–and then not eaten them because he said they smelled funny. Hmmm…
I have told him that when the new school year starts, we can look at the lunch menu and he can buy lunch once a week–I think that’s a fun thing for a kid, and it sticks to my philosophy on balance. But I also have to be ready to prepare lunches the rest of the week that don’t have to be heated up, since that won’t be an option anymore, or get tossed in the trash because maybe it’s a bit different than what some of his classmates have in their lunch boxes. You see, my kid gets HANGRY, and I can’t let that happen when he has the rest of the afternoon in the classroom! So I’m happy to have found Good Health® snacks to pack in his lunchbox to go along with my homemade energy bars, chicken salads, and dips like this…
This Smoky Cheddar and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus is a super tasty way to pack a lunch that’s high in fiber and protein, and the kids will love it because it’s got that cheesy deliciousness. My boys were happy to have this dip on their veggies, and I even spread it on some flatbread for a vegetarian sandwich. This isn’t healthy food to them–it’s just yummy food that they enjoy eating! And while I’m all about getting my kids to eat and enjoy veggies in their original form (you do see those carrots and cucumbers and peppers and tomatoes that we used for dipping), I always feel like it never hurts to squeeze in a little extra plant-power, though I’m always honest with my kids when I do that. So after we enjoyed some roasted cauliflower for dinner, I blended the leftovers into the hummus, which added to the to the smooth texture without needing to add a ton of oil, plus accented the smoky flavor of the smoked paprika and cumin. I made sure it wasn’t too smoky, though, but you can always feel free to add more.
That’s also what I love about the products from Good Health®. They want you to Enjoy Being Good™ by munching on their healthier alternatives to traditionally produced snacks. And more than that, they aren’t using funky ingredients and crazy colors to make their snacks look and taste good. It’s just wholesome, simple ingredients. Real potatoes are cooked in olive oil or avocado oil, and then seasoned with sea salt and real herbs and spice. The Veggie Straws, Veggie Chips, and Veggie Stix® get their vitamins and colors from dehydrated vegetables. The Half Naked™ Popcorn gives you your whole grains without a ton of calories, and comes in incredible flavors like Wild Buffalo Blue–oh, be still my buffalo and blue cheese-loving heart! And these snacks are gluten free.
After you’ve checked out all the yummy snacks that come in both small bags at $1-$2 (perfect for lunch boxes) and large bags at $3-$5 (perfect for enjoying with the family), make sure you head over to their Facebook and Pinterest pages. Everyday on Facebook, Good Health® is sharing recipes, inspiration, and even some fun contests and giveaways. On Pinterest, there’s all kinds of great healthy living ideas and fun family-focused activities!
Then scroll on down to find out how you can win a $100 gift card to Join the Good Life this summer and upcoming school year. Just make sure you pack your Good Health® snacks!
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- One 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained, reserving some of the liquid in case it is needed
- 1 cup roasted cauliflower
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika (or more, if you want a smokier flavor)
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons reserved bean liquid, if needed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Vegetables, chips and/or pita for dipping
- Combine the chickpeas, cheese, cauliflower, paprika, cumin, and olive oil in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth and cream, adding a bit of the reserved bean liquid (or additional olive oil), if needed to achieve your desired texture.
- Store in the refrigerator until serving.
- Serve with vegetable, chips, and/or pita for dipping.
Here are a few more of my favorite healthy dips…
- Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus
- Pantry Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
- White Truffle Parmesan White Bean Hummus