If you are having a party or just sitting around watching television and want a quick snack, prepare your own hummus for a healthy treat that’s low in calories. Great as a dip or a spread, you can serve it with a variety of different vegetables, breads or crackers.
Low in fat, hummus is made from chickpeas or garbanzo beans and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. An excellent source of protein, hummus is perfect for a vegetarian alternative to red meat. Partygoers will appreciate having a healthy snack that’s light and easily digestible. Especially if the rest of the buffet consists of food that is high in fat.
If you serve it in its natural brown color, choose a colorful dish or accent it with vegetables. Hummus has sort of a drab appearance that turns many people away, even though they’ve never tried it. That’s why it’s best to dress it up a little, at least for those who are not in the “know.”
I like to dip pita chips in hummus but I also use it as a spread on pita bread and then stuffed with cooked veggies. Of course, raw carrots, bell pepper and cauliflower are all fantastic when served with hummus, especially if you add a little pepper or hot sauce to the hummus to spice it up.
A versatile snack, you can do just about anything you want with it. The great thing about it is that it is healthy and when you make it yourself you can control the amount of sodium and olive oil that is added to it. I like to add garlic and occasionally red peppers, not only for a change in taste but the peppers give it a nice red hue for a taste tempting presentation.
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