Healthy & Homemade: 3 Hummus Snacks

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What's not to love about hummus? As if taste wasn't enough, hummus has many health benefits. Rich in manganese, iron, and dietary fiber, chickpeas are a great source of protein. They help stabilize your blood sugar and have a low glycemic index, meaning that the carbs in them are broken down and digested slowly. The common spices in hummus also have health benefits. Paprika, for instance, contains antibacterial, antioxidant, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and energizing properties, thanks to its vitamins and minerals. And tahini, or sesame paste, contains high levels of calcium and protein, making it a healthy supplement to vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as to raw food diets, when eaten in its unroasted form. Compared to peanut butter, tahini has more fiber and calcium and less sugar and saturated fats.

Did you know hummus is remarkably easy to make at home? Moeko Munaretto, founder of the blog and beautiful Instagram feedHealth Elixir, shared with us a few of her favorite hummus concoctions that you can make right at home.

3 HEALTHY HOMEMADE HUMMUS SNACKS
Each recipe yields 2 snack-sized servings

Plain hummus
1 cup chickpeas, cooked & drained
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pinch salt

Paprika hummus
1 cup chickpeas, cooked & drained
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pinch salt
3-4 teaspoons sweet paprika

Spinach-peanut hummus
1 cup chickpeas, cooked & drained
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pinch salt
1 handful baby spinach

For each recipe, add the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth or to desired consistency. Store in an air-tight container. Try not to eat the whole batch all at once!