I’m very partial to many aspects of the Meditteranean diet, as it is loaded with healthy proteins, great fats and is phytonutrient rich! Hummus is an ancient food. According to several historical sources, the earliest mention of hummus was in the 13th century in Egypt!
Did you know that hummus means chickpeas in Arabic? In a Greek Meze Table, the word meze (meh-ZEH) means a taste or a bite, many dishes arrive together and the beauty is that it is not as much about the courses, but more about people simply being with each other and enjoying the warmth of a community, which in itself is nurturing. Hummus is a big part of this.
Hummis has so many benefits, and probably requires much further exploration, but here are a few of its biggest benefits.
- Chickpeas do contain carbohydrates but they also contain a high amount of fiber to improve digestion and support your gut flora.
- Chickpeas are a great source of protein if you are plant based or vegan as a bowl can contain as much as 40 grams of protein!
- Chickpeas contain some good fats as well, and in combination with the sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and olive oil, a bowl of hummus is a rich source of good fats to support your hormones!
- Sunflower seeds contain essential fatty acids which are building blocks for cell membranes, crucial for mental health and balance hormones. They are a rich source of Zinc, which support hormone health and immunity.
- Sesame seeds contain copper and manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.
Mediteranneans are well known for their healthy hearts and hummus is a big contributor to this. Hummus is super easy to make with infinite variations possible. Chuck the store bought ones where the fats can turn rancid and just make your own. It takes 10 minutes but is great for you. My take on the traditional hummus, is the addition of sunflower seeds which makes this particular version a hormone super food! Let me know what you think!
My version of hummus with sunflower seeds to support healthy hormones
- 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas I always keep soaked and cooked chickpeas in the freezer
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 pods garlic
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
Roast the sesame seeds on low heat without any oil until light brown
Roast the sunflower seeds on low heat without any oil. Add two pods of garlic to the warmth for a few seconds
Grind the cooked chickpeas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, garlic and salt, adding water slowly. The consistency should be like peanut butter. If you want to use it as a dressing on a salad, then add more water and make it the consistency of a sauce. Transfer it to a bowl and add lemon juice, sprinkle paprika on top.
Drizzle the olive oil on top.
Serve with gluten free pita chips for an anti inflammatory version, or have it with a bowl of a greek salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, chickpeas, carrot cubes or olives if you are vegan. Serve topped with some spiced meat if you are an omnivore.
You can add a slice of roast yellow pumpkin to give it a punch of betacarotene! Add a pinch of curry powder while roasting the pumpkin!