Hummus to the Rescue!The problem with most ‘healthy’ snack foods is that they are way too boring. No blast of flavour, or salt, or sugar. Think edamame beans: not exactly a flavor sensation … unless they’re covered in salt. But not hummus. While hummus’ basic ingredient, chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans) might not be what anyone would call ‘tasty’, when you puree them, they become the base for a variety of ingredients and tasty flavors. Even the ingredients of a basic hummus recipe reads like a roster of taste superstars:
• Chick peas • Tahini • Garlic • Olive oil • Lemon juice • Paprika • CorianderAnd after that, what you add to your hummus recipe is up to your imagination. Other hummus recipes from around the web feature tamari, red peppers, greek yogurt, peanut butter, cilantro, chili peppers, artichokes and tomatoes, among other ingredients.
They all come together in a snack food that offers three key benefits:
1. It’s Good For You
Hummus is high in nutrition and offers 50% of the recommended daily intake of hunger-busting fiber, and 29% of your protein, in a single cup.
2. It’s Versatile
Not only can you change hummus recipes on a whim, you can eat it in any number of ways, including as a spread, dip and as a stuffing for your bell peppers.
3. It’s Full of Flavor
Because you make it to your own tastes, with ingredients that are fresh, you get flavours that are simply not possible from a bag of chips.There is one downside to hummus that’s the same with all the foods you eat, regardless of how healthy or delicious they are. If you overeat, it becomes infinitely more difficult, or even impossible, to lose the fat that’s causing your cellulite.