Hummus, Americas New Favorite Dip

Hummus calories

Hummus, a spread first introduced to the American public through Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants, has become a multi million dollar industry. According to market researchers with the Symphony IRI Group, the hummus business was led by only a small handful of companies just 15 years ago. The hummus market has exploded and today it dominates the refrigerated flavored spreads market.

Sabra hummus is one of the leading manufacturers in hummus dips and spreads. Sabras roasted red pepper hummus dip and roasted garlic hummus dip are commonly served with pita bread or vegetables, but my favorite hummus recipe uses hummus as a low fat alternative to mayonnaise on sandwiches. Prepared hummus contains only around 25 calories and 2 grams of carbs per 1 tablespoon. One serving of hummus also contains many healthy vitamins and minerals, including around one percent of your daily recommended amount of calcium, riboflavin, B6 and potassium. An equal serving of mayo meanwhile, provides more than twice the calories and none of those important vitamins and minerals.

Hummus comes in many varieties and is easily adaptable. Makers from Palestine, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Israel each add their own unique blend of spices and ingredients to their hummus recipe. Hummus can be gently flavored with salt, pepper and citrus or made spicy with the addition of hot peppers and other spices. The basis of a hummus recipe is ground chickpeas and tahini, a sesame seed paste. Sabra hummus uses only natural ingredients in its hummus dips and spreads. Hummus is not only a tasty condiment, it can also be a good source of protein for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Hummus spread can also be used as a dressing on green salads. A simple hummus recipe is to toss a spoonful of hummus with mixed spring greens and chopped veggies for a tasty and healthy meal. You can also use hummus to add moisture to grilled meats and vegetables. There is not much that does not taste good with a bit of hummus.

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