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the average Israeli eats 18-22 lbs. of hummus every year - which is about an extra 15,000 calories. - The Hummus Blog <--great blog on all things hummus!
Which would make you think twice about eating some hummus right? A common serving of real fresh made hummus (not store bought) of about one cup can contain between 400-500 calories. Add some pita to that (how could you not) and you add another 270 calories. Weight gain here I come!
BUT! All things in moderation. We eat this food for snacks all the time at the house. Kids love it!
Although it does contain alot of calories doesn't mean you should shun it from your diet. The nutrition you get from it is in the chickpeas. They have alot of complex carbohydrates and protein. And although the following recipe doesn't contain it, tahini sauce, which is a usual addition, is rich in minerals, fatty Omega-3 acids, and amino acids. Also, a little bit goes a long way in making you feel full longer so you won't have to binge eat in the middle of the night like Liz Lemon!
Now I can't say all this and not give you a great recipe right? Right.
Extra Easy Hummus
from allrecipes.com by Donalyn
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1. In a blender or food processor combine garbanzos, garlic, cumin, salt and olive oil. Blend on low speed , gradually adding reserved bean liquid, until desired consistency is achieved.
*Feel free to tweak it with peppers or what have you...
Calories: 35 Wow!
Total Fat: 3.6g
Enjoy! I've been thinking about hummus all month long...
*Oh and I love new hummus recipes, so send yours in and maybe I'll start a recipe roll for this specific thing!
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