Chickpeas have become a new cash crop for retailers and hummus is leading the way. Since 2010, sales have jumped 25%, according to market-research based firm Information Resources, Inc. Filled with good for your heart fats and vegan friendly, it’s a alternative to cheese and cream based spreads. If you are getting stick of dipping your carrots and celery sticks into the mediterranean diet-friendly snack, here are 5 ways you may not have thought to use it before.
1. As a base for lower calorie homemade salad dressing.
Reduce the calories in your homemade vinaigrette by 50% by switching out a tablespoon of olive oil for hummus. This substitute help make a creamier based dressing that tastes delicious on mixed greens. My favorite quick combination is a tablespoon of hummus, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. This is an amazing, flat belly option for clean eating diets.
Hummus has 60 calories per 2 tablespoons compared to 180 in mayonnaise. Additionally, it has 16 less grams of fat. Mix together finely chopped celery, onion, 2 tablespoon of hummus with unsalted canned albacore tuna in water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on toasted slice of Ezekial bread or over a bed of lettuce.
3. Swap your sliced turkey for a spread of hummus in your weekday lunch
On Meatless Monday, swap your turkey salad for a hummus roll up. Spread 2 tablespoons over a low carb wrap like Joseph’s and top with sliced tomatoes, spinach, shredded carrots, red onion, sprouts and sliced avocado for a nutrition packed vegan lunch. Wrap up and enjoy this suprisingly filling meal!
4. Spice up your grains with a dollop of hummus
Edamame hummus from is extremely flavorful and creamy and has 3 more grams of protein per serving than regular chickpea hummus. Mix together a serving of edamame hummus with cooked sprouted brown rice, chopped up sauteed veggies like onions, broccoli and mushrooms and top with toasted slivered almonds. Enjoy as a side dish, as a meal as is or serve with a side of baked wild salmon for dinner.
5. As a dessert!
Dessert hummus is slowly gaining popularity. Some people call it vegan cookie dough dip but really this recipe is hummus with a little sugar and chocolate chips! During a tour of their facility, I learned that Cedar’s tried to introduce sweet flavored hummus over 7 years ago but its shelf life was short lived. Still, recipe bloggers are trying to get your to think outside the box. Here is a great recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie that requires you to make your hummus from scratch but is a balanced sweet treat you can enjoy guilt free after a healthy dinner with a spoon or graham crackers.