Hummus – home made

Ingredients

2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
(I also recommend using SPROUTED chickpeas)
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
6 tablespoons squeezed lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
2-4 garlic cloves (to taste)
Pepper, to taste
Extra virgin olive oil, to taste

May add for flavor:

Toasted pine nuts 1/2 cup
Roasted pepper (1-2)
Roasted eggplant (1/2)
Cumin
Coriander (cilantro)

 

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 Benefits

Hummus is so rich in protein, it can help fight hunger cravings and balance blood sugar levels. This could help curb excessive snacking. The iron content in hummus helps boost your energy,

Directions

Soak the chickpeas overnight, and cook them in the morning until soft. You may add 1/2 tsp of baking soda in order to make them less gassy on your GI tract. You can also use SPROUTED chickpeas instead of cooked ones for more health benefits.

In a high speed blender, put cooked or sprouted chickpeas, lemon juice, water, tahini, garlic, and all the spices. Blend it until smooth. Taste, for seasoning, and if desired , flavor it with either roasted peppers, or eggplant or toasted pine nuts.

Sprinkle / decorate with cilantro, toasted pine nuts, cayenne pepper or sesame seeds

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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which could make you more motivated to hit the gym or just be more active. Also, it helps with anemia prevention and treatment, lowers down cholesterol levels, and has anti cancer properties (Chick peas have three compounds, saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid that have shown in tests to guard cells from the kind of damage that can cause cancer.)

You may use it on your bagel instead of cream cheese as a healthier alternative, or as a mayonnaise alternative on your deviled eggs or chicken salad. It also works well as a sandwich spread and tortilla / veggie wrap sauce. 

Due to its high fiber content, one of the benefits of hummus is that it can keep your digestive tract regular. It’s an effective and tasty way to get more fiber into your diet and fiber itself has other health benefits like helping to prevent heart disease.