Sunflower seed Hummus for Hormone health
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!