Trivia question! What does the cartoon/comic strip character Popeye the Sailor Man have in common with me? Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out!
How can a simple dip made from the modest chickpea be so filling and addicting? Packed with protein and fiber it’s no wonder that hummus (a food dating back to over 7,000 years ago) has long been enjoyed in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine—and now by me! Actually, I’ve been a hummus devotee for quite a long time. Even if you aren’t really into hummus, I bet you know someone who loves it! Hummus is: savory + creamy + healthy + magical. So magical in fact, that according to a Wall Street Journal article, sales of this delicious dip totaled $530 million at U.S. food retailers in 2012 (which was up 25 percent since 2010).
I am a true hummus fan. The word itself means “chickpeas” in Arabic. So I guess to be fair, I’m really a devotee of the chickpea. These low-fat legumes are by far one of my favorite ingredients to add to salads, make into croutons or feature as an amazing dip or spread (a.k.a. hummus)! A nutritional powerhouse known to protect against colon cancer, lower cholesterol, keep hunger cravings at bay and stabilize blood sugar levels—I love putting chickpeas to good use.
Chickpeas are rich in:
+Short Chain Fatty Acids (acetic, propionic, and butyric acid)
One of my favorite things about hummus (besides the fact that it features chickpeas and is delicious, nutritious + easy to make) is the fact that hummus is never boring! There are constantly new and delicious ways to change up this savory snack. Unlike traditional hummus, this version is built around a leafy green vegetable that is high in vitamin K, folate, calcium and magnesium (and much more)—spinach! I hope you enjoy this simple, easy and fresh take on hummus. It’s my new go-to snack and appetizer for when I host friends + family!