Hmmm…. who knew that garlic, chickpeas and tahini puréed together could be so sublime and addictive? While most of us grab a container of hummus whenever we’re at the store to go with whatever veggies, chips and pita we have in our kitchen, this simple, lovable Mediterranean staple is also healthy, fun, easy and inexpensive to make yourself.
Hummus, a spread made from beans, contributes fiber and a little olive oil, both of which help fight hunger pangs. Additionally, this snack is rich in protein — but the benefits don’t stop there!! Chickpeas are known to be effective in preventing build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels, they are energy boosters and can fill you up without making you feel sluggish. The tahini in this recipe is a great source of calcium. Another healthy ingredient found in hummus is olive oil. As most people know, olive oil is a healthy fat. It has high monounsaturated fat content but low in saturated fat. This oil can help regulate cholesterol and protect the heart from various diseases. And, I won’t forget to mention the garlic and lemon juice, which are filled with antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in the body. They also work to improve immune functions and fight of bacteria and viruses.
So, there you have it –humus is loaded with nutrients that can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Include this in your diet by using it as spread on sandwiches and wraps, as dressing to your salad or pasta, as dip for raw vegetables, or as side dish for main courses. How do you like your hummus?
Here’s a yummy recipe to try:
- 1 Can of Chick peas
- 3 garlic cloves
- juice from 1/2 lemon (more or less to taste– yes, use fresh lemon!)
- 1 tbs. Tahini (sesame seed paste)
- salt to taste (I use Himalayan salt)
- drizzle of olive oil