Healthier Hummus, No Bread

hummus recipe and ingredientsI love hummus but in an effort to create an even healthier hummus, I wanted to find a way of replacing the traditional pita bread or flat Arabic bread that is traditionally eaten with it.  That’s because most of us eat waaaay too much of is bread and baked goods. Considered a staple by many, it is easy to eat a bread-like food at every meal – for example toast in the morning, a sandwich for lunch and a pizza or quiche for dinner.

And while bread seems innocent enough, bread made from refined flour is harmful to our health, weight and well-being. A good rule of thumb is to try squashing a piece of bread to the smallest possible size – the smaller it becomes, the less healthy the bread. Bread made of real grains does not lose volume like fluffy white bread does.

Using vegetable sticks (raw or steamed) is a delicious way of dipping into hummus, adding more veggies into your diet and getting rid of the bread.

1. Cut veggies into sticks and steam or boil for a few minutes so that they are still crisp. You can also use raw vegetables like cucumbers and celery and add tomatoes and olives which go well with humus too.

2. Rinse a can of chickpeas. If you have trouble digesting chickpeas, you can rub them between your hands to remove the skin – this makes them easier to digest.

3. Put the rinsed chickpeas in a food processor or blender and add:

– about 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)

– juice of 1 lemon

– a dash of unrefined salt

– 1-2 cloves garlic

– a little water and olive oil, depending on how liquid you would like it.

– a dash of cumin or paprika

4. Blend everything, adding more water if needed.

5. Serve with the vegetables.

How about removing the bread or baked goods in just one of your meals? 

And  if you want to jazz up your hummus, instead of chickpeas, try using any of the below: 

Hummus Original Ideas

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Vanessa on Apr 04, 2013 Reply

    Yum yum, hummus is sooo good, I can even eat it with a spoon and nothing else to dip into it…
    My mum has recently brought me some hummus with bear garlic instead of normal garlic and that brought a lovely different flavour.

    • Hiba on Apr 07, 2013 Reply

      That’s a great idea! I will try using bear garlic when it is available :)

  • Nelly on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

    A good idea although I will miss the fresh Arabic bread to go with it :(

  • Laura on Apr 02, 2013 Reply

    Will try this tonight for our guests! Thanks!

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