As mentioned, I ❤ hummus! It’s tasty as a spread on cheese and crackers, a dip for veggies, a dollop on a salad, and a layer on sandwiches, among others. I first tried this yummy dip in college and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. This dip has certainly gained popularity in the US for many of its surprising health benefits:
1. Weight Management — There’s a ton of protein in hummus; thus, your hunger cravings could decrease and the iron content from the chickpeas could boost energy. (http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/eating/weight-loss-foods/)
2. Lowers Cholesterol — Studies show that people who eat chickpeas (the main ingredient in hummus) reduce their cholesterol levels slightly than those who only attain fiber from wheat products. (http://www.everydayhealth.com/high-cholesterol-pictures/the-best-snacks-for-lowering-cholesterol.aspx#04)
3. Increases Vitamin Intake— Folate, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B-6 are all found within a serving of hummus. Folate can reduce your risk of colorectal cancers. (http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-hummus-4608.html)
4. Part of the Mediterranean Diet — People in the Mediterranean eat lots of beans, whole grains, fish, fruit and healthy fats. They tend to lead longer, healthier lives than many Americans. We should follow in the Meditteranean’s footsteps… they also drink wine daily, so what’s not to like? (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/health/mediterranean-diet-can-cut-heart-disease-study-finds.html?_r=0)
After all this talk of hummus, let’s make some! Here’s my homemade recipe, sure to be a hit at your next summer BBQ:
garlic cloves, as many as desired (I like garlic, so I used about 5 cloves)
2 cups of chickpeas, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup tahini
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons water
garnish: paprika and parsley
In the food processor, add your garlic and chop until minced then add remaining ingredients.
Most store versions of hummus are smooth, but this recipe comes out a little more chunky, so don’t be alarmed!
Once blended to your preferred thickness, place in bowl and top with a sprinkle of paprika and parsley. The dip will last for about 3-4 days in your refrigerator. Enjoy!
- Quote of the Day
My diet is the Mediterranean diet, which is good food. I eat well.
– Penelope Cruz
Wishing you thoughts of a Mediterranean escape, full of sun, sights and yummy food!