Accessibility is a big factor when it comes to healthy eating. It’s frustrating when someone tells you to do or to buy something that you either can’t find in your area or that you can’t afford. I try to be conscious of this when I write my posts, but those times when I do post about someone where a reader is, like, “Oh, I wish they had that by me,” I feel really bad.
As a dietitian, I get a lot of questions about organic food, in particular—should you aim to buy all food all organic? If you can’t afford it, what foods should you prioritize?
For produce, I encourage scoping out the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen lists to help you prioritize. If you need to simply even more, if it has a peel or thick skin, buy conventional and then purchase organic fruits and veggies like leafy greens and berries. Also, don’t overlook the frozen stuff. For eggs, dairy, poultry, and meat, I do encourage purchasing organic, but try purchasing and serving in smaller quantities and incorporating more plant proteins to balance while also keeping it real with your budget.
I was really excited when I found out that Stonyfield products were now available at Walmart. Making healthy and organic food convenient and affordable improves its accessibility. To celebrate, today I’m sharing a recipe featuring some delicious, organic ingredients. You can whip this up in a half-hour or less, and it makes the perfect delicious yet affordable snack for a summer get-together—or any time of year!
Hummus Yogurt Dip with Crispy Chickpeas
- 1 cup hummus
- 1 cup organic, plain Greek Yogurt
- Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
- 1/2 cup chickpeas
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika, plus additional, to garnish
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Toss chickpeas with olive oil and spices. Spread chickpeas on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast until crispy, about 20 minutes. Shake a few times to prevent sticking.
- Meanwhile, blend hummus and yogurt in a blender or food processor or by hand until well combined.
- Pour dip into a serving dish and top with roasted chickpeas.
- Serve with pita and sliced vegetables for dipping.
Do you try to shop organic?