Healthy, quick and super easy hummus

At this point in my life I have decided that although a budget is important I will not compromise the quality of the food that I feed myself and my family. I make every attempt to provide whole, homemade food so that I know what’s going into our bodies. Although this way of eating does require a little planning, I feel its worth it. Hummus is a staple in our house for both snacks and meal time. Not only is it delicious and versatile, but it is packed with healthy ingredients.

Chickpeas (garbonzo beans) are one of the main ingredients and they alone provide folic acid, fiber, manganese, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium. When combine with a whole grains it also provides a complete protein (contains all the essential amino acids). Molybdenum is also an element of chickpeas that helps detoxify the body of sulfites from wine, lunch meats and other preserved foods. Although the benefits are many, it is important to note that it does also contain purines which can contribute to the build up of uric acid, which is an issue for those who suffer from gout.

In addition to Chickpeas this recipe also includes heart healthy olive oil, garlic and tahini.

Below is an easy recipe that I use each week…

1 16 oz can chickpeas (garbonzo beans)

*save 1/4 cup of the liquid & set aside

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tahini

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp sea salt

Juice of 1/2 medium lemon (more depending on desired flavor)

Place all ingredients (including 1/4 cup of garbonzo liquid) in a food processor and puree to a smooth consistency. Chill and serve with fresh veggies, grilled veggies, whole grain pretzels, pita triangles, blue chips, rice chips, etc.

*You may add fresh basil, cilantro, artichoke, etc. depending on what flavor you wish to create.

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