Hummus means chickpeas in Arabic and is very popular in the Middle East, although nowadays its fame has crossed international borders. The smooth and creamy texture of this dish can be accentuated with a wide variety of ingredients that can be incorporated to make the hummus more appetizing. It all depends on what you enjoy. Hummus is an excellent snack for your meetings or parties. You can offer it as a prelude to a good meal with friends, or simply as a snack to calm cravings. A great appetizer when you want to eat something that is both tasty and nutritious.

For your next social gathering, try preparing a hummus that is not only exotic, but also full of fiber to give your body a little extra love. Here is a delicious and easy-to-prepare recipe, ideal for your next get-together to make it unforgettable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of low-sodium organic chickpeas

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 peeled garlic cloves

  • 1 cup of tahini (sesame cream)

  • ½ avocado

  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds

  • Contents of 2 nopal capsules

  • Contents of 2 turmeric capsules

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Wash the chickpeas and place in a blender or food processor. Add in the tahini, garlic, nopal, turmeric, avocado, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend everything until creamy, serve in a bowl, and garnish with the sesame seeds. It's that easy! You can dip celery sticks, cucumbers, or carrots in it.

What makes hummus healthy?

  • Chickpeas are delicious and very popular in the Mediterranean diet. In addition, they have beneficial health aspects. There are studies highlighting the dietary fiber, unsaturated fatty acids, and certain bioactive compounds in chickpeas that can reduce clinical complications associated with various diseases. (1)

  • Garlic, in addition to adding special flavor to your meals, has the potential to protect the cardiovascular system based on the reduction of risk factors and surrogate markers of atherosclerosis, according to recent studies. (2)

  • To make your hummus even healthier, you can include nopal cactus in your hummus which contains dietary fiber that can help regulate blood sugar. Fiber also helps you feel satiated with less food and can slow the absorption of carbohydrates from chickpeas. Research has shown that consumption of prickly pear cactus can favorably influence bowel, liver, and systemic metabolism. (3)

  • Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, among others. There is growing evidence showing that its active component, curcumin, helps combat various problems including inflammation and can help reduce the swelling caused by legumes like chickpeas, as it decreases the enzymes that cause it. (4, 5)

Adding these ingredients to your daily diet can make an important difference in your overall health and well-being. It’s easier than it seems! Just a matter of setting your mind to it and be sure to keep visiting us for more options.

Let's get healthier together.

Your friends at Santo Remedio

Referencias

  1. Rinkesh Kumar Gupta Kriti Gupta, Akanksha Sharma, Mukul Das,Irfan Ahmad Ansari 2, Premendra D Dwivedi, Health Risks and Benefits of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) Consumption, 2017 Jan 11;65(1):6-22. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b02629. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27779388/

  2. Ravi Varshney, Matthew J Budoff, Garlic and Heart Disease, 2016 Feb;146(2):416S-421S. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.202333, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26764327/

  3. Sofia Moran-Ramos, Xuan He, Elizabeth L Chin, Armando R Tovar, Nimbe Torres, Carolyn M Slupsky, Helen E Raybould, Nopal feeding reduces adiposity, intestinal inflammation and shifts the cecal microbiota and metabolism in high-fat fed rats,doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171672. eCollection 2017, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28196086/

  4. Alexandra R Vaughn, Amy Branum, Raja K Sivamani, Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence, 2016 Aug;30(8):1243-64. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5640 .https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27213821/

  5. Pietro Dulbecco, Vincenzo Savarino. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in digestive diseases. World J Gastroenterol. 2013 Dec 28; 19(48): 9256–9270. Published online 2013 Dec 28. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i48.9256

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