Hi Friends! One of my favorite skinny foods is hummus. Do you know what it is? Surprisingly, many people I talk to have yet to discover it and it is one of the best foods (my opinion of course) to keep that waistline skinny! It also has good fat to keep your heart happy.
Hummus is Arabic for chickpeas. It is a Middle Eastern dip made up of chickpeas, olive oil, tahnini (paste made from ground sesame seeds), lemon juice & salt blended together. Hummus has tons of protein and is packed with healthy fats. I always have hummus on-hand at home. It has become my post workout snack on the weekends.
Hummus is available in many different flavors these days, I have a hard time picking one out at the store. The standard ones you find in most grocery stores are original, roasted red pepper, garlic, spicy peppers, jalapeno cilantro, mediterranean style, roasted vegetables, artichoke & spinach, basil pesto, roasted pine nuts. Some of the unique flavors I’ve seen are olive tamponade, savory mushroom, black bean, cilantro chimichurri, , kalamata olives, lentil, wasabi, pumpkin, chocolate. Did someone say chocolate? I haven’t tried all flavors of hummus, but it’s on my bucket list and chocolate will be first up. My personal favorites are garlic, black bean and jalapeno cilantro.
The great thing about hummus- it can be paired with many foods to make a great snack or meal.
A few weeks ago, I read an article about making hummus from scratch. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. Of course, I had to try for making it myself. I wanted to make a flavor I’d never had before. I bought an avocado on sale at the grocery store and been trying to decide what to do with it all week. I wasn’t feeling guacamole vibe which is when I decided to make my first batch of Avocado Hummus.
This hummus was delicious! The avocado flavor was not strong, but it made the texture creamy. Making hummus from scratch is ridiculously easy. Just toss everything in a food processor and you have yourself a healthy snack. I ate mine with broccoli and cauliflower.
Another positive about making your own hummus is you’re not consuming preservatives that store-bought ones contain to prolong shelf-life. Here is one the store-bought hummus I buy. It’s the only one I’ve found so far that has less than 2 questionable ingredients. I’m sure citric acid and dextrose are things my body doesn’t need.
Try making your own hummus. You can easily replace the avocado in this recipe with another ingredient you love. Hope you enjoy!
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 (15-ounce) can of garbanzo beans
- 1 lemon juice
- 2 tsp tahini
- 2 avocados
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Dash of salt
- Sprinkle with paprika
- Blend garlic cloves, garbanzo beans, lemon juice & tahini in a food processor until smooth
- Add avocado & salt and blend until mixed well
- Transfer to a bowl, pour a few tablespoons of olive oil on top, and sprinkle with paprika
What are your favorite hummus flavors? What do you like to eat with your hummus?
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