These simple vegetarian pita sandwiches are full of fresh veggies, and protein packed Sabra hummus, making them the perfect healthy breastfeeding recipe for moms. Not a breastfeeding mom? This is one of our family’s favorite simple vegetarian recipes, and you can go straight to the recipe and skip all the breastfeeding talk.
HEALTHY BREASTFEEDING RECIPES
If you are, or have been, a breastfeeding mom, you totally get the need for some healthy breastfeeding recipes. You desperately need food that is fast and easy to make, full of protein and vitamins for your poor nutrient depleted body, and that can be eaten with one hand while you feed your nursling.
Oh and then there’s the dietary issues.
In our family, that’s been dairy. Corban couldn’t handle ANY dairy in my breastmilk. Larkin can only handle limited amounts.
That means no grabbing a slice of cheese when I need a quick protein boost. I know, pity me, please. 🙁
Fortunately, I’ve become a bit of an expert on creating fast and easy breastfeeding recipes, and am always coming up with new ideas.
For lunches, a regular bread sandwich is just too messy to easily eat with one hand while nursing, especially if you pile on the veggies like I usually do.
I’ve been having a lot of sandwich wraps, which are great for one handed eating, but a couple of months ago I realized I was missing out on a whole other category of sandwich…pita sandwiches!
A pita pocket is really a great way to make a healthy sandwich because you can stuff it full of vegetables that would typically fall out of a regular sandwich or sandwich wrap.
The other thing I love about this recipe, is that it comes in really handy on vegan meal night. We try to eat vegan meals once a week because it really saves money, and helps us not to rely on meat/eggs/dairy so much. There are a lot of non-animal proteins out there, but our absolute favorite vegan protein is hummus.
WHY WE LOVE HUMMUS
We’ve been a hummus family since Eric and I got married, and it’s even the very first protein we give our kids when they start solid foods.
In fact Corban’s 12th word was hummus!
While we’ve tried several varieties of hummus, as well as making our own, we always come back to Sabra. Sabra hummus just has the perfect blend of texture and flavor that makes it as addicting as it is good for you. We go through a Costco sized tub a week.
Yes, every week. No joke!
So I reached out to the good people of Sabra about partnering with them, and I am pretty sure it was the best decision my sleep deprived nursing mama brain made that week, because we soon received a bounty of Sabra in the mail. We didn’t even realize how many hummus flavors they have, and that they make salsas, Greek yogurt dips, and guacamole. We had so many wonderful products to try that we threw a party for our neighbors!
While all of the hummus was (as expected) really good, the Lemon Twist Hummus stood out to us as exceptional, and inspired me to make these simple vegetarian pita sandwiches for dinner.
SIMPLE VEGETARIAN PITA SANDWICHES
For maximum health benefit, try and find whole wheat pita bread. Even if they’re not pockets, once you cut them in half it’s pretty easy to slip a knife into each half and cut a pocket.
When you have your pocket halves, spread the insides generously with Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus, then start stuffing your veggies in. We went with spinach, cucumbers, and bell peppers.
Now hungry mommies, I layered the veggies all pretty for the photos, and carefully drizzled spoon fulls of hummus in among them. You don’t have to do that. You’re too hungry!
Just stuff glop that hummus in there and stuff those yummy veggies in. You don’t need it to be pretty, you just need to stuff your face with something that’s not a cookie.
You can have one pita sandwich half as a snack, or two halves for a meal.
Or have two halves for a snack. It’s good for you so it’s okay. And there are no rules when you’re nursing mama hungry!
Oh and if you finish your sandwich and decide to start eating more hummus with just your fingers, I won’t tell. It kind of tastes like lemon candy, but it’s really healthy. And yes, we know, you’re hungry!
- 1 inch pita bread, we use 7 pita bread
- 1/2 cup Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 4 mini sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 2 cocktail cucumbers, thinly sliced
- Slice the pita bread in half. If it is not already a pocket, carefully slip a knife in at the center of the cut and slice each half into a pocket. Don't cut all the way through!
- Spread Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus generously inside of each pita pocket.
- Stuff each pocket with spinach and slices of sweet bell pepper and cucumber.
Serving Size:2 sandwich halves
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 660mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 16g
This post was sponsored by Sabra who provided me with free product as well as monetary compensation. However, they did so at my request because I think they’re just AWESOME, and all opinions in the post are my own real opinions.