This week's recipe and video features a yummy Spicy Sriracha Hummus.
I made this delicious recipe, step-by-step, as part of my healthy eating segment on the More Good Day Oregon show. For the video, just click below!
Spicy Sriracha Hummus — Watch the video
Why Make Your Own Hummus?
You may be wondering why anyone would make their own hummus. After all, it's easily found in most supermarkets — and you'll even find it in snack packs on airplanes.
But here's one of my pet peeves: when you get hooked on a certain store-bought product — like sriracha hummus — and then you take a closer look at the label.
That's when you find out the store-bought variety can be full of unhealthy, refined fats. Or it's too high in sodium — which isn't good, especially if you have high blood pressure.
So that’s when you figure out you can make your own damn hummus! With ingredients that are probably in your pantry right now.
And WOW! Who knew homemade would taste that much better?
How to Make a Healthier Hummus
First, we need to talk about beans. So. Healthy. For. You.
As. Dr. Oz says in his article, After-40 Nutrition: The Surprising Health Benefits of Beans, “Beans are a super healthy, super versatile and super affordable food. Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. Beans are hearty, helping you feel full so you will tend to eat less.”
As healthy as beans are, however, some people worry about gas. If you avoid these health-promoting gems because of fear-of-flatulence, you might want to check out Dr. Michael Greger's post on this topic. You can also check try the tips in Pass On The Gas: 7 Ways to Avoid Bean Flatulence on Huffington Post.
This healthy hummus recipe includes the classic garbanzo beans, and I've also added some hemp seeds for extra plant-based protein. For a dose of healthy fats, we're using the traditional tahini. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, which are a good source of calcium.
I've also added oregano for classic middle eastern flavor — and also because oregano is a powerful antibacterial and antiviral. Add some chopped herbs, smoked paprika and toasted pine nuts for garnish, and you have a pretty and tasty potluck treat.
This savory Spicy Sriracha Hummus would be perfect for your next party — or for lunch or snack time at home. It's great on rice crackers, or spread inside a wrap (or lettuce wrap) or veggie sandwich.
For this recipe, you'll need a food processor or blender. I prefer using a food processor for this one because I like to leave my hummus a tad chunky. Plus, sometimes using a blender means that you need to do a little extra work to scoop out the hummus out from under the blades.
Either way, though, this recipe comes together very quickly. Fast and easy — and healthy — my favorite kind of recipe!
Spicy Sriracha Hummus — Get the Recipe
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