Hummus (a dip or spread made of blended chickpeas, sesame tahini, lemon juice and garlic) is probably one of the best appetizer out there...not only it tastes delicious but it's also a nutritional treasure. It has a high content of important minerals like Manganese, Copper and Sodium, and also some Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc. It is relatively reach in Vitamin C and B6 and also contain vitamin E, K, Folate and Thiamin...and with 300 mg of Omega 3 per serving makes it effective in the treatment for minor mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety ( studies have shown that Omega 3 is extremely important supplement in the treatment of depression, mood swings and anxiety). It also makes you really satisfied without increasing your glucose levels very much (very helpful if you are on a diet...!!). You can either buy a prepackage one ( less healthy) or you can take a chance and do it yourself. Once you have done it once you will see that not only it's pretty simple to make but you will taste the difference with the store bought one immediately!
Keep reading to watch a easy you tube video of the recipe and also a list of the ingredients.
1/4 Cup Yogurt
1 Can Garbanzo Beans "Chick Peas"
1/2 Cup Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
2-3 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 Tsp of Salt
1/4 Tsp citric acid "if you need more lemon taste" ( I do not use)
2 Tbs water "if to thick" (sometimes I need to put it )
3-4 Fresh Mint Leaves "for taste" ( I do not use)
2 Tbs of Fresh Parsley "for garnish" ( sometimes I will use it)
1 Tsp of Cayenne Pepper or Paprika "for garnish" put it on top 2 minutes before serving)
1/4 Cup of Olive Oil "for garnish" (always)
Mix first 9 ingredients and blend until smooth and to desired thickness. Garnish with parsley, cayenne pepper and olive oil....and voila you have a fabulous healthy appetizer in 5 minutes.
I usually serve it with carrot, celery and always some toasted pita ( you can also buy the Pita prepackage if you run out of time).
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