Hummus is made from a chickpea base, and is added to olive oil, garlic and sesame paste (tahini), to create this delicious spread, dip and topping.
Because of these ingredients, hummus is packed with oleic acids, polyphenols, Vitamin D, and omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and protein. In addition, just two tablespoons of hummus provides five percent of the daily recommended value of phosphorus and magnesium.
While this dish is popular in mediterranean diets, it has become a staple in the organic and healthy eating community as a replacement for heavy, calorie-dense party dips.
Hummus has also been found helpful in:
- Improving cardiovascular health
- Reducing the risk of colorectal cancers
- Promoting bone health
- Delivering oxygen throughout the body
- Aiding in kidney and nerve function
- Boosting immune function
- Reducing hunger cravings
- Maintaining balanced blood sugar levels
Hummus is a great substitute for many unhealthy condiments and spreads, including mayonnaise on sandwiches. With a little extra olive oil, hummus can also make a great salad dressing!
Featured Meal: Build Your Own Bowl
Create your own CoreLife Eatery bowl! Start by choosing a green or grain (or both!) and add in your favorite vegetables. Top it off with some chicken, steak, tofu or ahi tuna. Then, ask for a scoop of hummus to be mixed in while your bowl is being tossed. This will give your custom creation a creamy consistency while also providing your body with many essential vitamins and nutrients.