Eat this delicious spread with just about anything! Spread it on a piece of whole wheat pita and top with raw or roasted veggies for a delicious, quick meal. Or use it as a dip for veggies or baked pita chips.
I eat hummus every day. I mean EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Sometimes it’s just plain old hummus (which is delicious), other days I get a little adventurous and have avocado hummus, edamame hummus, red pepper hummus, white bean hummus, spicy tuscan hummus…I could go on. You could make hummus so many different ways. And the best part is that it’s nutrient-packed and is super delicious with just about anything making it an easy way to throw a meal together quickly while still having it be healthy and super yummy and in most cases transportable.
I’ve been telling people for years, “always check the ingredients label of EVERY SINGLE FOOD PRODUCT you purchase.” I say this because the ingredients list of a food product is generally the most important part of the label. You might naturally assume things like serving size, grams of sugar and saturated fats, milligrams of sodium and cholesterol are the most important – and although these all are VERY important things to consider, think about it – these things (except serving size of course) are all a result of the ingredients in the food product. Does this sound confusing? Maybe my post on how to read and understand the nutrition facts label will help. You can read it here.
Another important thing to avoid when food shopping is genetically modified foods. GMOs are genetically modified organisms whose genetic material has been modified using special techniques that make these organisms able to withstand toxic substances such as pesticides so that their crops can be successfully grown even when they are doused with toxic pesticides such as Roundup. GMOs cause disturbances in RNA and DNA which lead to several adverse human conditions, much of which are unknown since clinical research studies are lacking even though these foods are widely distributed to the public. Some of the conditions linked to the consumption of products containing GMOs include autism, food allergies, cancer, leaky gut, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and more. What’s absolutely insane is that manufacturers are not required (as of yet anyway) to state that GMOs are included in their food products in the U.S because of the lack of food labeling laws by the FDA.
What foods contain GMOs?
Unfortunately, lots. Most notably products that contain corn and/or soy. Since labeling laws don’t require GMOs to be on the label it is the consumers responsibility to look for products that have the “non GMO” label. But don’t just think of corn and soy itself, but products that have these in them (corn flour, corn starch, corn oil, soybean oil, soy sauce, etc.). It is estimated that up to 70% of processed, packaged foods (and foods from fast food restaurants) contain GMOs. Unfortunately, a lot of packaged hummus products (such as Sabra brand, one of my favorites until I realized it contained genetically modified soybean oil) contain GMOs.
So if you love hummus as much as I do, make it yourself. It’s simple enough. Just throw everything in a food processor or a high powered blender and whip it up. Voila, delicious, healthy hummus.
SUPREMELY SMOOTH CLASSIC HUMMUS
Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Makes: 15 servings
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed well and drained or 1½ cups prepared chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened, plain cashew milk (in place of olive oil if not using)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ cup room temperature purified or distilled water
- Place all ingredients except the water into a high powdered food processor or blender and process until smooth. Scrape down the sides, replace the top and process while slowly adding the water through the feed tube until you reach the desired consistency (about a minute or so).
There you have it. I hope you enjoy my hummus recipe as much as I do. Feel free to modify it any way you like. Throw in some non GMO edamame, avocado, roasted red pepper, spices, whatever you like. Also, I prefer mine without oil and simply add water to get that extra creaminess. Unsweetened, plain cashew milk works well too. But if you really want the olive oil MAKE SURE IT ISN’T GENETICALLY MODIFIED!
Keep an eye out for my upcoming post on genetically modified foods. It’s a fight against the chemical companies that we are slowly winning. The truth is being exposed and soon our food will be safe again. We need to be educated and spread the word. Truth and knowledge is power.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your healthy, non GMO hummus.