Archive for April 23, 2013
Looking for a healthy snack? You might consider hummus. Hummus can be described as a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread. It is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, which are then blended with tahini, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Though, there are many variations according to different hummus recipes. The dish is popular in many Middle Eastern countries, including Palestine, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Israel. Traditionally, plates of hummus are topped with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of paprika, and chopped parsley.
Hummus recipes are very healthy, making Hummus an excellent addition to any meal. Prepared hummus only contains approximately 25 calories and 2 g of carbohydrates for each 1 tbsp. serving. In addition, it is also high in iron and vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6. One serving of hummus also contains 1 percent of the recommended amount of calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and potassium. The chickpeas are also an excellent source of protein and therefore is especially advantageous nutritionally when incorporated into a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Overall, hummus is an excellent choice for a dip or spread and is quite healthy. There are numerous different hummus brands, hummus dips, and hummus recipes, so you may want to do some research and try several different types to find the kind you like best. It is even quite easy to make your own, if you are interested, you might look online for an easy recipe. If you are looking for other ideas regarding healthy dips and spreads you might also consider salsa, such as classic mild salsa, or guacamole, such as spicy fresh guacamole.