Hummus is a popular snack food that is often thought to be too complicated to make; so, people opt to purchase it from the store instead of making it themselves. But it’s pretty simple to prepare, and making it yourself is arguably healthier since you know exactly what you’re putting into your body. No hidden ingredients, table salt, preservatives, food coloring – just all natural ingredients.
Enjoy this with toasted wheat pita bread, fresh vegetables and even in sandwiches, wraps and quesadillas…
Ingredients for about 2 cups:
1.5 can (22.5oz) chickpeas (drained)
2 red bell peppers
5 tablespoon almond butter
5 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove
juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
sea salt & pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (garnish)
1. Set oven to broil.
2. Place red bell peppers on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 15 minutes. Turn the bell peppers over after 7 minutes so they are roasted on the other side.
3. Allow the bell pepper to cool down slightly. Chop the stem off the bell pepper and peel/remove the skin.
4. In a high-powered blender, toss in the above ingredients. Blend on hi-speed until you are left with a creamy, smooth consistency. Season with sea salt & pepper to taste.
5. Store the hummus in an airtight container and garnish with red pepper flakes. Place in the refrigerator to chill and thicken.
Approximate macros for 1 of 8 servings (about 1/4 cup per serving):
152 calories, 7g protein, 17g carbohydrates, 7g fat, 6g fiber, 2g sugar
About the Author
Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.
He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.
The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”
Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!
Fit (Wo)Men Cook is the “fit” story of all of us. It is taking your individual success stories and things (in nutrition & fitness) that have worked for you, and sharing those ideas with the masses so we can all grow, improve together. Just everyday people – no matter the fitness level or athletic ability – aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Are you a Fit (Wo)Men Cook?
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