An Evening With Linwoods & Snackette Style Hummus

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So this week guys, I am bringing you some SNACK inspiration, by sharing not one, but TWO of my favourite homemade HUMMUS recipes! The inspiration for sharing these recipes with you has come from an EPIC event I attended last Wednesday night – the launch night of the new Hemp Protein Blend from Linwoods! If you haven’t heard of Linwoods (and I’m sure most of you have), it is an Irish company that started out as a small local shop run by the Woods family in Northern Ireland. Over the past 50 years, it has grown into a massively successful company specialising in health food blends, the first of which was their flaxseed! Today, they have a HUGE range of delicious (and obviously nutritious) seeds, nuts and berries, mixed together in various exciting combinations that you can buy, and add to breakfasts, smoothies, baking recipes, you name it!

The lovely gang at Linwoods emailed me a couple of weeks ago, asking would I like to come to their event in a spot called 250 Square Coffee (in Dublin city) for the launch of their latest product – a gorgeous Hemp Protein blend. Of course I instantly said yes please! As you guys know, my diet has become increasingly more vegetarian in recent months, after I took on a Vegetarian Week Challenge a couple of months ago. I’ve made a number of changes to my diet in this context – roughly 5-6 meat-free days per week, using more plant and nut milks, and also, trying out vegetarian/vegan-friendly protein powders in place of the whey-based protein I would have used previously. So this event was perfectly timed – a great opportunity to try a new plant protein, finally meet the Linwoods gang, try some DELICIOUS protein pop treats, and of course get to know fellow bloggers/foodies/social media people who would be attending too! Plus I had been told 250 Square do EPIC coffee – and I can absolutely vouch now that they do, definitely check them out if you’re ever in the Rathmines area of Dublin!

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After having such fun at the event, I wanted to share the positivity with you guys by writing a little bit about the night itself (with a few photos of course!), and I figured why not use this as a chance to share some delicious recipes too! So first, I’ll tell you a little bit about the Hemp Protein and the launch event, and then we’ll get to the recipe surprise!

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So this new Hemp Protein from Linwoods comes in three gorgeous varieties:

  • Hemp & Pea Protein with Flaxseed, Chia seed, Broccoli and Spinach Powder
  • Hemp & Pea Protein with Flaxseed, Bio-cultures, Vitamin D and Co-Enzyme Q10
  • Hemp & Pea Protein with Flaxseed, Chia Seed, Cocoa and Beetroot Powder

We got the Cocoa and Beetroot variety to take home in our goodie bags, so I can’t wait to try a smoothie recipe with this one! There’s a solid 15g of protein per scoop of this blend too, which in my experience is similar to other veggie protein powders I’ve tried, and a really decent dose at that. The ingredients are literally what you’ve read above – nothing but the good stuff guys.

So what did we DO to celebrate the launch? Well, Linwoods have created a seriously food-porn worthy recipe using their new product – Protein Popsicles! Genius, I think you’ll agree. They’ve created these ‘Pops’ for you to make and freeze for a post-workout protein boost, or a healthy dessert! And our happy task as attendees of this launch was to try these tasty treats, and artistically decorate them to be 100% Instagram-worthy before chowing down!

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I spent the first part of the evening meeting the Linwoods gang and fellow attendees (who were a mix of fellow food and health bloggers for the most part). The Linwoods crew were absolutely lovely (a big thank you again to Louise for the invite!), and it was so awesome to finally meet people I follow on sites like Instagram and Twitter in person, as well as catch up with friends I’ve already made through social media and the Irish Girl Gains movement. We took MANY photos (hey, we were asked to!), a selection of which I’ve shared throughout this post. After the meet and greet, everyone picked their protein pop flavour of choice, and got decorating! Seconds were also encouraged (my kinda people!) so you could try multiple Popsicle flavours. Linwoods had set up a fantastic table with bowls of crushed nuts, nut butters, berries, bee pollen, chia seeds – all there for you to dip, roll and sprinkle on your Protein Pop! We got little pictures with our food-porn before chilling out and chowing down!

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To finish off the evening, an Irish food blogger called Eva Burg (@thehealthytart on Instagram, check her out!) smashed a fabulous demonstration of her favourite protein pop recipe, which was really fun to watch, and definitely one I want to try at home! Finally, everyone got a GOODIE BAG from Linwoods, which had a pack of their Hemp Protein blend, popsicle sticks for us to try our own at home (great shout!) and a selection of the Linwoods Snackettes, which I was delighted with as I’m a big fan of these seeded snacks! Snackettes are snack packs made up of seeds and plant proteins, with gorgeous ingredients like flax and chia seeds, hemp protein, and various other things depending on the flavour (e.g. dried banana and coconut!).

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It was an absolutely wonderful evening – like I said in my post about Wellfest earlier this year, these sort of wellness/foodie/fitness/health events are the exact kind of thing I think we need more of in Ireland, and I want to be part of organising, attending, and sharing about all of them – as well as maybe being a feature in them at some point in the future, as blogger/foodie/doctor with a passion for lifestyle medicine. I wanted to share the positivity of the experience with you guys, and ALSO the gorgeous Snackettes in my goodie bag gave me a great idea for some recipes for you!

Today I’m sharing not one, but TWO variations of my homemade hummus, which I’ve paired with the Linwoods Snackettes as a serving recommendation! Trust me, it’s a match made in foodie heaven. First we’ve got my Classic Hummus recipe with Spicy Tomato Snackettes, and second, a funky Beetroot Hummus with the Super Seeds Snackettes. Both recipes take no time at all to whip up, and I always find you get so much more volume when making your own hummus! Note that I’ve listed the ingredients for each variety under their title, but the method for both as it’s just a question of blending until your desired consistency!

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Recipe

Ingredients

Ciara’s Classic Hummus with Spicy Tomato Snackettes

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of ½ lemon

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Beetroot Balance Hummus with Super Seed Snackettes 

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Beetroot: You can use 2 whole beetroots, or if buying a jar of sliced beetroot, which is what I usually do, just add about half the chunks in the jar without the juice!

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Method

  1. Add the ingredients to your blender cup or food processor.
  2. Blend until you reach a consistency that is kind of creamy but a little rough in nature – ‘spreadable’ or ‘dippable’ are maybe better descriptions although I’m aware they’re not actual words!
  3. Scoop the hummus out into a serving bowl, get your pack Snackettes ready, and start dipping!

Enjoy guys! I would love to know what you think of my hummus recipes, and if you try Snackettes (which you should!) let me know if you liked them! My favourite flavour is probably Banana Coconut, but it’s a close call! Tag me if you try these recipes out – @theirishbalance on Instagram or Twitter!

Ciara 🙂 x

 

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