Saturday, May 30, 2009

Watch My Butt Shrink!

Snacky Saturday: Two-fer!
May 30, 2009
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Snacky Saturday: Two-fer!

That's right folks, two, two, two - two snacks for the price of one! And since this review is, well, FREE, that's a pretty darn good deal.

Today I'd like to talk to you about hummus. I loves me some good hummus. My mom turned me on to hummus after taking me to a little falafel shop in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn when we first moved back to New York. We actually went there for the babaganoush, but the hummus was just as yummy.

Since then I've made my own hummus, which is actually pretty easy, but with two little ones hanging off my legs, I don't usually have the time to whip some up. Thus came my quest for the perfect pre-made hummus.

I've been very happy with Sabra hummus. Out of the brands sold at my store, this one is the creamiest and has the best flavor. I usually go for the plain or luscious lemon, and sometimes I get the one with the pine nuts (pinolis to Italians - pinoli cookies are my absolute fave cookie ever. But I digress...). Here's the NI for the plain hummus:

In an effort to incorporate my yummy hummus (look at all those mmm's) into my new lifestyle, I decided to pair it with a pack of Special K crackers, 90 calories for the pack. Cracker NI:

The result is quite tasty! The crackers are nutty, and have a flavor that works very well with the hummus. I usually have about two heaping tablespoons of hummus with one bag of crackers, a snack that is quite filling and satisfying. A bit of crunch, great flavor, and takes a while to eat.

All total the calories are about 160, which I think is well worth it for the satisfaction and fiber that I'm getting.

I buy both items at BJs, so this is an economical snack as well. One box of cracker packs has like 100 packs in it, and the huge tub of hummus lasts us a few weeks (my Hubs is a big hummus fan as well. We're still trying to convert the kids).

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Wizzle World

Ode to Sabra Hummus

May 2009

I think I started my "anti" brand phase as a Nirvana fan in high school. But let's face, it, who doesn't want quality out of the products they consume? (typed from my custom Apple set up).

I don't remember the exact moment I discovered Sabra hummus, but I fell in love quickly. As most who are involved with music know, hummus is a beloved backstage rider item. It's the best thing on tour: a vegan/vegetarian healthy spread that pairs with a variety of items ie pita, veggies, fruit, on sandwiches, etc. Everyone is happy, even the drinkers on the bus who eat it with chips in the morning to cure their hangover. It's such an important item, that when I tour managed The Dresden Dolls, we specified the brand on our rider. However, one tub of Sabra hummus, was never enough for the 10 or so in our band and crew, and thus we would always advance two with the venue. Nothing is more of a bummer than rolling into a venue, starving & exhausted and getting stuck with an off brand hummus, it changes the entire meal. So much so, that I also specified brands of hummus that we DIDN'T want. No need to list them here as I don't believe in putting negativity out into cyberspace, but you get the idea about our love for Sabra.

I am now quasi settled in Brooklyn, and am off the road. However, Sabra is still a regular item in my fridge, much to the delight of my roommates and friends. People love it! They always call it "that kind" of hummus. ie "That kind of hummus is the best." Duh, I'm a hummus expert. Don't get me wrong, homemade hummus and hummus from my local falafel shop is amazing, but I'm a busy gal and there's actually a (semi) point to this.

Today, while going through my RSS feeder, the Obama Foodorama blog (which is awesome) linked to Sabra hummus statues of Hillary and Obama (!) (as @indecisean pointed out, there was a McCain one, but as OF pointed out 'who cares?':)). Obvi, I had to tweet this very exciting combination of two things I love to @ least my roommate and office-mates (who are basically my roommates too) who know/understand my obsession with Sabra.

I came home from yoga to find that @Sabra had re-tweeted my post, which was rad because it meant Sabra was on Twitter. It looks like @Sabra is in its early phases, but I love it already. @Sabra has already made a Seinfeld reference, toured Boston colleges, & a provided a place to declare one's love for jalapeno or indecisiveness on whether combining caramelized onions and hummus is a good thing. Maybe someone will post about Sabra falafel and put me over the edge to buy it. I've always seen it, but never tried it for some reason.

Yes, Sabra is distributed by PepsiCo. But do we love MGMT's Oracular Spectacular any less because it's distributed by Sony? If you do, that's lame.

Anyway, thank you @Sabra for finding a hummus lover like me and communicating so directly. What's next? Sabra pita? Who knows, but whether it's Orwellian or not (which my mom pointed out to me tonight), I'm sure @Sabra will let me know.

Heavily Engaged Dipper Em Wizzle

Healthy Ashley

Sabra LOVE


In all healthy ashley history I have never tasted a food and then written a review 5 minutes later.


But heaven-in-my-mouth Sabra is an exception.


I enjoy hummus, but it was always something I could take or leave. No biggie.

….until I tried my first taste of Sabra hummus 5 minutes ago!


Sabra is AMAZING!!


CREAMY (I mean really creamy! Luscious creamy!)


I wish I could reach through all your computer spoons and give you a big spoonful of this stuff. Not even kidding.


Sabra hummus definitely makes my list of foods I can’t live without. Seriously. I have tried many hummus brands, but none compare to this. I ate 1.5 servings straight from the spoon!!!

Do you do hummus? What is your favorite brand? Flavor?


  1. thenoviceberker on May 20, 2009 8:38 PM

    Sabra Luscious Lemon Hummus is my one true love! I am totally unashamed of the fact that I eat tons of it with a spoon, and that veggies are only a vehicle to get that hummus into my tummy!! Sabra's garlic flavor and roasted red pepper flavors are also delish.

  2. Maggie on May 20, 2009 8:44 PM

    SABRA all the way! I can't believe you never tried it before. The roasted red pepper is amazing as is the garlic.

  3. Karen on May 20, 2009 8:58 PM

    Sabra is my favorite too! I love the roasted garlic one!

  4. inmytummy on May 20, 2009 9:04 PM

    My boyfriend and I go through an embarrassing amount of Sabra hummus every week. I like the supremely spicy flavor.

  5. itsawrapteacher on May 20, 2009 10:23 PM

    Sabra's is by far the best brand and trust me I have tested them all! My favorite flavor is the roasted pine nuts but then again I have never seen the Greek olive! Lucky find!

  6. ttfn300 on May 21, 2009 12:07 AM

    sabra is hands-down THE best hummus out there! amazing :) i love all flavors, don't know if i have a fav!

  7. Anna on May 21, 2009 12:16 AM

    Sabra hummus is my all-time favorite too! I practically fainted the first time I tasted it, it's THAT good.

  8. elise on May 21, 2009 1:10 AM

    sabra is my one and only...literally i know EXACTLY what you are talking about. glad you finally discovered the little tub of heaven that i have dreams about. no. seriously.

  9. Elina on May 21, 2009 8:27 AM

    Sabra is definitely the best! Your review says it all :)

  10. GreenDogWine on May 21, 2009 8:31 AM

    I'm totally with you - Sabra is by far, hands down, the best hummus out there!

  11. Erin of Care to Eat on May 21, 2009 8:40 AM

    SABRA IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that picture of you! My fave kind is roasted garlic - hoooooooo daddy!

  12. Candice on May 21, 2009 10:51 AM

    Oh my gosh, I have to show my husband your post. Sometimes he thinks I've gone mad because of how I act when I eat my Sabra hummus. The roasted garlic is my absolute favorite! I just ran out the day before yesterday, and now I'm going to have to run and get some more asap!!

  13. healthy ashley on May 21, 2009 8:32 PM

    Everyone- It brings a smile to my face that you all either love Sabra or are going to try it. I love sharing good things :)

    Vegan tickles (love the name!)- I'm sure they have availability listed at Good luck!

  14. strivingforbalance on May 23, 2009 5:55 PM

    I just tried hummus a couple of days ago. It was Sabra Roasted red pepper and I fell in love! Soooo goof with carrots and pretzels mmmmm!

  15. Stacey on May 26, 2009 6:02 AM

    I have never had the olive Sabra hummus, but my fav flavor from Sabra is the pine nut! It's so yummy! I love how you can just put hummus on practically anything!

  16. Steph Runs the City on May 28, 2009 10:46 PM

    ashley - i just discovered sabra greek olive hummus too! it changed my life, and i also blogged about it asap (and told everyone i know about it, but they thought i was crazy...)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Chesterfield firm’s workers visit

May 21, 2009

One of the Richmond area's newest manufacturing companies is starting to acquaint itself with the region.

Sabra Dipping Co., a food products company that is building a factory in Chesterfield County, brought about 30 employees from its U.S. sales, marketing and executive team to Richmond this week for a three-day meeting.

Based in Astoria, N.Y., Sabra makes kosher, vegetarian foods. The company announced in November that it would open a plant in the Ruffin Mill Industrial Park in Chesterfield County to make refrigerated dips and spreads, including hummus.

The employees visited the site, where work has started on the plant. The factory is expected to create 260 jobs when it opens by mid-2010.

"Our plans are moving forward," said Meiky Tollman, the company's general manager and executive vice president

Yesterday, the employees took the afternoon to do some community service, helping with cleanup and repairs at the A.P. Hill Community Center in Petersburg.

"We see our future as being part of the community," Tollman said. "We wanted to learn about the community, and to be of service, and to start out the relationship the right way."

Sabra is a joint venture between Strauss Group, Israel's second-largest food company, and Purchase, N.Y.-based beverage company PepsiCo., which owns snack maker Frito-Lay. -- John Reid Blackwell