Aug 12, 2010

Savvy Snack: Healthy Hummus


I have to admit I have really bad eating habits. So I have been on the search for healthier snacks. Over the past few months I have fallen in love with Greek food and if you want to eat something simple, and loaded with protein, potassium, and fiber then you should eat some hummus. Hummus is actually chickpeas or garbanzo beans blended with olive oil, garlic and other spices. You eat it with pita bread or you can serve it as a dip along with carrots and celery. Hummus can be purchased in the deli section of your grocery store or you can just make it yourself.

Here's a basic hummus recipe! Enjoy

Ingredients:
* 1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
* 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
* 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
* 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:
Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well.
Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.

Recipe courtesy of About.com

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