Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday Food Find Corner: Hummus
If you've never tasted hummus, you may be wondering two things: what does it taste like, and what do you eat it with? The taste can vary among flavors...and even brands...of hummus that you buy. To me, it tastes a bit like any other bean-based dips you may have eaten, with a bit of zing from the lemon juice. For me, hummus makes an excellent substitute for high-fat peanut butter (just not with jelly!). It's salty and savory and just plain yummy. I like to eat hummus with pita chips for a snack after work, and it's a great dip for baby carrots and celery sticks. It also makes a fantastic base for a sandwich on either a high-fiber wrap or whole wheat tortilla.
I especially love it when something that is so healthy for me also happens to taste great! Hummus is high in soluble fiber, which can help reduce bad cholesterol in your blood. It's also high in protein and a great source of iron. As much as I love ranch dip, it certainly doesn't boast nutrition credentials like that. If you've never tried hummus, pick up a container and give it a try. It's available in most grocery stores, and Walmart carries the Sabra brand pictured above.