A Post Hike Picnic: Sweet Potato Hummus

 
A Post Hike Picnic: Sweet Potato Hummus | Jennifer Diaz | Photos by Kelsey Cherry

A Post Hike Picnic: Sweet Potato Hummus | Jennifer Diaz | Photos by Kelsey Cherry

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is hike. I love taking advantage of the nice weather by heading out to my favorite trail with Luna and friends! If you saw my last post, 7 ways to be more active this fall, then you know that being outside can be very beneficial during this time of year, when sunlight is a little more scarce. But exercising isn't the only way I like to spend my time outdoors. 

At this point in life, I go out to eat a LOT. Most of the time, it's a last minute thing, grabbing an impromptu brunch or dinner with friends to catch up on each other's lives. Food has a major social component to it throughout all cultures. We gather around it when we celebrate, we take it to people in mourning, and usually we prefer to enjoy it together. Community is incredibly important to me, and I love experiencing good food while spending quality time with family and friends. Unfortunately, this can sometimes take a toll on our budgets, as well as our health. So I often try to come up with fun, healthier alternatives to eating out, and one of my absolute favorite ways to do this is by having a picnic! 

A few weeks ago, my girlfriends and I hiked the trails together, and instead of grabbing a bite out afterwards, we decided to enjoy the outdoors a little longer and bring our own items for a post-hike picnic! 

Picnics are such a fun, affordable, and healthy way to enjoy the company of others. My favorite part about them is how much variety they provide! You can bring wraps, sandwiches, finger foods, salads, etc. The options are pretty limitless.

We brought all kinds of delicious foods: sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, crackers, goat cheese, apples, clementines, and ingredients to make whole wheat turkey sandwiches!

My contribution to the picnic was a sweet potato hummus. I've been doing my best to eat in-season produce lately, and I love sweet potatoes! They're rich in fiber, which is absolutely necessary for healthy digestion. They also contain vitamins and minerals that support bone health, metabolism, improve blood pressure, boost the immune system, and help maintain healthy skin and eyesight. Chickpeas are also a great source of fiber, as well as being a good vegetarian source of protein.

Thankfully, this recipe makes a pretty large amount, because we all couldn't get enough of it! It is delicious, and is the perfect appetizer to take to gatherings coming up this season!

A Post Hike Picnic: Sweet Potato Hummus | Jennifer Diaz | Photo by Kelsey Cherry

We had such a fun day together that we decided we needed to make this a regular monthly occurrence before winter! What's your favorite item to take to a picnic?