I had never had hummus until I started dating my husband, five years ago, but since then I have come to love this dip.
In case you are unfamiliar with hummus (like I used to be) it is a dip made from cooked, mashed chickpeas/garbanzo beans with tahini (ground sesame seed paste), lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic. You can make it at home with a food processor or buy it from the store.
We’ve tried hummus from the brands Sabra, Fountain of Health, and Athenos, and we like all of them. However, we can get a giant 1.5lb tub of Sabra from our local Sam’s Club for about $5, which will last us quite a while. Since we lack a food processor, we’ve yet to successfully make it at home. There are often different flavors and options you can choose from as well when you buy it from the store.
Hummus is a healthy dip alternative to ranch or French onion dip or other sauces. Since it’s made from beans and seeds, it is a good source of dietary fibers, protein, iron, and calcium. It’s full of good natural fats and isn’t very high in calories.
And this dip has proven to be a great way to add some extra calories, nutrients, and flavor into our children’s diet.
My husband eats most of the hummus we buy, usually dipping pita into it. And since children often are curious about what their parents are eating, wanting to try it, we would let them have bites of pita with hummus on them.
Little did we know they would really like and want to dip other things in there, asking for hummus by name. I would, therefore, like to dub hummus the magical dip. Hummus is a dip that gets kids to eat vegetables and other good foods, while being healthy itself.
Our favorite foods to dip in hummus are French bread, pitas, crackers, blue corn chips, tortilla chips, celery, carrots, and bell peppers.
Have you tried hummus? Do you and your family like it? What are your favorite dips?