While in rehab, it is important for teens to not only learn about addiction recovery but also how to live an overall healthy life. Nutrition and a healthy diet is key to keeping teens strong and sober.
Every week, Inspirations teens participate in an activity where one of their peers teaches others how to make simple snacks and meals. During this Inspirations teen nutrition activity our teens learned how to make a delicious Mediterranean spread called hummus. Made out of chickpeas and sesame paste, the creamy spread is a filling snack packed with loads of protein. Hummus is also a delicious way to improve bone and heart health.
Watch Inspirations teen Megan and educational director Denise Achee have nutrition fun making hummus!
Denise Achee, Inspirations educational director, has helped thousands of teens overcome addiction at Inspirations through education for the last decade. Denise expressed that one aspect of education that is often times overlooked is nutrition.
Having weekly nutrition demonstrations, help teens build everyday life skills. The teens learn how to cook easy but delicious food. They can later use these skills to cope when they fully recover and leave rehab. When Megan, an Inspirations teen, taught her peers how to prepare hummus, the other teens were encouraged to try the healthy snack for the first time.
“I love that hummus tastes great but is also healthy. I can’t wait to share this recipe with my family after Inspirations.”
-Joseph, Inspirations Teen
Check out how to make homemade hummus:
Yield: Makes 8 or more servings
- 2 Cups Canned Chickpeas
- ½ Cup Tahini (Sesame paste)
- ¼ Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled
- Salt and Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin or Paprika
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Chopped Parsley Leaves
#1: Put everything except the parsley leaves in a food processor and begin to process; add the chickpea liquid or water as needed to allow the machine to produce a smooth puree.
#2: Taste and adjust the seasoning.
#3: Serve, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a bit more cumin or paprika and add some chopped parsley leaves.
#4: Add fresh pita, pita chips or vegetables like celery and carrots to dip into hummus