Powered Up Hummus Recipe
Hummus is delicious as a dip for veggies, spreading on crackers, and using in place of mayo on a lettuce-wrap sandwich. This recipe takes regular old chickpea hummus and powers it up with some exceptional health building ingredients.
Keeping hummus on hand for snacks is a great way to up your raw veggie intake! Pairing this hummus up with raw peppers, tomatoes, carrots, or whatever veggie you fancy makes a perfect and nutrient-rich snack that is easy for on-the-go Health Coaches and busy moms alike!
POWERED UP HUMMUS RECIPE
- 1 c raw pumpkin seeds, soak for 20 minutes and drain
- 1/4 c raw sunflower seeds, soak for 20 minutes and drain
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 c water (1/4 c water that you boiled the garlic in)
- 1 1/2 c cooked garbanzo beans (1 can, rinsed and drained)
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced
- 1/2 avocado, peeled
- 1 T fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
- 1 T Tahini
- 3 T olive oil
- 1/2 t paprika
- 1 1/2 t cumin
- 1/2 t sea salt
- In a large bowl add the pumpkin and sunflower seeds and enough water to cover them. Allow them to soak for about 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- In a small saucepan bring ½ cup water to a boil. Add in the garlic and boil uncovered for 3 minutes. Remove garlic from the water and set aside. Reserve the water for later.
- Prepare the lemon, zucchini, avocado, and ginger.
- Drain and rinse the pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
- In a food processor or high powered blender, add in the ¼ cup of “garlic water”, combine all the ingredients, and process until smooth.
- Add additional garlic water if necessary, a little at a time, until you get the desired consistency.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with veggies, crackers, as a spread, or by the spoonful.
- Substitute pumpkin seeds for raw cashews for a little extra creaminess.
- Spice it up with some red pepper flakes!
- Separate the hummus into small containers so you can grab and go for a snack!
- Try adding spinach or basil!
Let’s check out the star ingredients!
These small but mighty seeds are an excellent source of the bone-building minerals phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese. Pumpkin seeds have properties in their oils that have antimicrobial benefits.
Excellent source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that travels throughout the body to neutralize free radicals and specifically protects the cell membranes. Vitamin E also has significant anti-inflammatory properties.
Adds an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps regulate blood sugar. Zucchini also provides vitamins A and C, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties and boost immune function.
Excellent source of essential omega-3 fatty acids that aids in cardiovascular function. Avocados help increase your absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants by as much as 400%! Avocados are loaded with anti-inflammatory components.
This powerful herb contains wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, especially for the joints and the colon. It helps maintain healthy blood circulation and improves the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients.
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