Hummus consumption has risen drastically over the last few years. Supermarkets are now making over 30 varieties of the people’s favourite dip and we even now have an International Hummus Day which falls on May 13th. Given we will be busy meeting you all at Balance Festival on 13th, and as a result of it’s popularity, I thought I’d share some of the reasons why this food is often under celebrated.
Firstly, when we look at the individual components of hummus it’s evident it’s a very balanced food. Hummus is made up of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt (although there are many variations of it nowadays).
The chickpeas are a great source of complex carbohydrates, plant protein and both soluble and insoluble fibre. The plant protein will help to keep you fuller for longer. Soluble fibre helps with bowel movement whilst insoluble fibre helps to bulk up stools and allows the food to be digested through the small intestine at a faster rate.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste which is rich in plant based protein and iron which when combined with the vitamin C from the lemon juice makes the iron more absorbable to the body. Along with the olive oil it’s also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which has been shown to protect against cardiovascular heart disease.
Garlic is a prebiotic food as it contains inulin, a prebiotic fibre which helps to feed the gut bacteria.
Hummus is also a source of calcium, magnesium and zinc. Evidently hummus has a range of health benefits so it’s no wonder it has it’s own celebratory day!
Aside from how hummus can help to nourish our body it’s also there to please our taste buds. So here are some top tips for getting creative with hummus.
- Great for snacking on with vegetables and/ or oatcakes
Ensure you’ve always got fresh vegetables sliced in your fridge and ready to go. This makes for a delicious, easy and cheap on the go snack.
- Use as the base of a wrap or lettuce wrap
Often wraps and lettuce wraps can dry out your mouth. Adding a thin spread of hummus to the base of the wrap will soften the wrap, prevent it sticking to your mouth and add a burst of flavour.
- Addition to a mixed vegetable and chickpea stew
If you’re looking to add a creamy texture to a dish or even looking to cool down a hot stew hummus is the perfect addition for the dairy-free folks.
- Tuna mayo… No more
Hummus makes a delicious swap for mayonnaise when added to tuna. If mayo isn’t to your taste try mixing up your tuna instead.
- Get creative
If you’re really looking to get creative there are a range of sweet hummus recipes on the internet which are delicious with a slice of banana bread or homemade cake. Don’t judge this one until you’ve tried it!
So hummus isn’t just a partner for your carrot sticks. It’s much more versatile than you may think and it’s a great addition to a healthy balanced diet too!