I remember the day when a friend introduced me to hummus, I remember thinking that it looked a bit weird and had a funny color. If she hadn’t convinced me, I probably wouldn’t even have tried it. But now I LOVE hummus. Whenever I make hummus, I pretty much add it to any meal I eat: salads, as a dip for veggies, sandwiches, or with some oven-baked sweet potatoes. The options are endless.
Since that friend introduced me to hummus, I’ve tried lots of different recipes and believe I’ve finally perfected my favorite easy hummus recipe. In a way that’s easy, quick and delicious. I seriously can eat it by the spoonful after making it.
HUMMUS AND GUT HEALTH
And the great thing is, it’s not only tasty to eat, but it’s also a very healthy thing to add to your diet, especially when you make it yourself. Chickpeas are high in fiber and therefore doing amazing things for our gut health. It promotes digestive health and feeds your good gut bacteria. And if your gut is in a healthy state, your immune system is a healthy state. If you’re worried about legumes causing gas or making you feel bloated, that’s because of the anti-nutrients they contain. If that’s the case with you, if you feel bloated after eating legumes, the state of your gut can be better! In that case, we recommend you to watch our free workshop ‘Reset Your Health’ about the most important thing you can do for your health: supporting your gut. We all do more harm than good nowadays, without even knowing it. So we all need to help our gut.
Hummus also provides a good mix of micronutrients, the vitamins and minerals that help to keep all your body’s systems running smoothly. It contains a lot of B-vitamins and especially folate (B9). Folate reduces the risk of heart disease, promotes the health and function of the brain, encourages a positive mood, slows down the ageing process, and promotes a healthy pregnancy, just name a few things. But hummus is also rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and manganese. Minerals are needed to help your body grow, develop and to stay healthy.
THE GOOD KIND OF FAT
And lastly, it contains extra virgin cold pressed olive oil. Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and full of antioxidants. Monounsaturated fat helps to improve your cholesterol levels and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. The oil used in most of the hummus you buy in the store (rapeseed, palm, sunflower) are full of omega-6. The ‘problem’ with hummus is, that it’s easy to eat a lot of it. And you don’t want to eat too much omega-6. You need it, but not in big quantities and we often eat too much of it. Omega-9 on the other hand, in olive oil, is something you can eat a lot of.
Enough reasons to give this recipe a go!
Preparation time: 15 mins
Quantity: 1.5 to 2 cups
Equipment: (hand) blender
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 2 cloves of garlic (optional, some people can’t sleep after eating garlic)
- 3 tbsp tahini
- half a cup of lemon juice (I used one huge lemon)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- salt (I used about half a tsp, but go by taste and what you like)
- 3 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
- Rinse the chickpeas thoroughly.
- Place all the ingredients in the blender.
- Blend till it’s a smooth paste, add a little more olive oil if you prefer a thinner consistency. Or you can just add water to the mixture until you reach the consistency you want.
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