I love to make my own hummus – it tastes so much fresher than anything you’d buy premade and it takes very little effort. All you need is a food processor and a few ingredients. It’s also versatile, you can add other things to change up the flavor- roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, cilantro and lime. No, hummus is not a low calorie snack, but you don’t need a lot and you can use it as a vehicle to eat more veggies – dip some baby carrots or celery (might even be able to get the kids on board). And despite the calories, it is packed full of good nutrients like fiber, protein, folate, manganese, iron and “good fats” (monounsaturated & polysaturated). So, go ahead, dip away!
Nutrition Nuggets Recipe: Hummus
Serves: ~2 cups
- 1 – 15oz can of garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
- 2 Tbs tahini paste
- Juice of 1 lemon (1/4 cup)
- 1-3 cloves of garlic (depending on how garlicky you like it)
- 1 tsp salt
- About 1/4 cup olive oil
- Put garbanzo beans through salt in food processor.
- Add olive oil through chamber on the top of the processor lid as it is running. Do it slowly and check consistency – you may not need the whole amount and you may need a little more depending on your taste. Pouring it in while the processor is running helps the olive oil blend with the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency.
- Blend until smooth and taste to be sure you like the salt level- add more if it is low.