Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hummus, Anyone?

If someone were to ask me a few years ago what one of my favorite snacks was, I would have probably said: potato chips, or some other salty treat. Hummus would have been far down the list; in fact, it would not have even made the list. Back then, I didn’t even know what hummus was. Do you?

Well, today, most of us have at least heard of hummus. But how many of you have actually eaten it? Interested in learning more about this intriguing food? Read on.

Hummus is a dip, spread, or paste made from cooked and mashed chickpeas. It is then blended with tahini (crushed and soaked sesame seeds), olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. The best way for me to describe how this delicious spread is made is by letting someone else do the talking. Watch this informative video (after you finish reading this post) for one of the best hummus recipes out there.

Hummus is Middle Eastern in origin, and has been around forever. Chickpeas have been a food item for over 10,000 years. Wow, that’s a lot of hummus over the years, huh? Most people eat hummus with pita bread—tearing off pieces to use as a scoop. You can also use your favorite dipping chip or cracker. I like to eat it with soy chips. My favorites can be found at Glenny’s; and they are loaded with vegetable protein. A snack of soy chips and hummus, which I consume two or three times a week, gives me around 10.0 grams of healthy protein and 7.0 grams of fiber. And they taste amazing!

Besides being a wonderful source of vegetable protein and fiber, hummus is also high in vitamin C, calcium, and iron--and is a good source for antioxidants.

As for different types of hummus—shop around, there are dozens of flavors and styles and brands out there. And, as always, read the nutritional information—some are high in fat and calories (read the ingredients, see what you’re eating!). These days you can find hummus in most grocery stores. I love the eggplant hummus at Trader Joe’s. And this site has some excellent organic hummus and other products you may enjoy.

For all you lovers of hummus (like me!) out there, keep enjoying this flavorful food’s myriad tastes and healthy benefits. And for those of you who have yet to try hummus? Give it a shot; you may end up loving it and making it one of your favorite snacks.

For more about hummus, I suggest visiting these two great sites:
The Hummus Blog
Desert Candy

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Until next time...



brexians said...

just to add for taste
spread over fried pine nuts..and fresh parsley....

is also great antioxidant due to sesame paste(tahini)

Low Carb Ketogenic Diets said...

Sounds Yummy, and a little different.
When I get the time I will try some.

Anonymous said...

I love Hummus. I think that's about the only thing that they can agree on in the M.E.


Jena Isle said...

What about some fresh clams...(grins) good for they heart, so they say.

I'll try hummus sometime. Thanks for sharing.

R.G. said...

So... yup... I had heard the word... but never knew what the hell it was... hmmm... mashed up, salty, chick-pea-paste... that actually sounds good to me... Thanks for clearin' that up for me ;-)

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I never knew what hummus is, but from your description, huummm.. I wish I could have a taste.

GetSmartGal said...

I'm a big hummus, tahini, and tabouli fan. I also love Trader Joes, great post!!

Susan said...

Thanks for the link to the recipe! I've been purchasing Tribe Hummus, but think I'm going to give the homemade version a try.

One of my favorite snacks is raw vegetables (yellow peppers, cucumbers, celery) dipped in a little (ok, ALOT of) hummus.