Hummus, More than Just a Dip!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 23:00
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J0432804As a nutritionist I am always encouraging my dieters to consume more veggies because they not only benefit weight loss but they are so darn good for you! Hummus (a healthy Middle Eastern mix of chickpeas and tahini) is a natural for dipping veggies (and chips) but it certainly can be used for other nutritious options as well. (Note: A generous serving size of one fourth cup  according to the Diabetic Exchange System is equal to one starch serving and one fat serving equaling about 125 calories.)  The following are some other ways to use this tasty versatile dip:

  • Try broiling some chicken or fish with it and then sprinkle some diced tomatoes and black olives over it. Remember though both the hummus and olives are (healthy) fat sources so consider your total fat intake  for the day when consuming it. Fat sources are calorie dense.
  • Use it in egg white omelets. Top with your favorite veggies like broccoli or asparagus and onions.
  • You could also thin out the hummus with some freshly squeezed lemon juice and use as a sauce over steamed vegetables and rice or even a salad.
  • This also makes an obvious choice of dip for football season as well!

Enjoy. Readers do you know any other ways to use this healthy food?

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