Hummus for healthy living and for healthy natural weight management

Hummus has become increasingly popular of late. In the US for example it has taken over entire supermarket sections. So what is it about hummus?
Made of a blend of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, hummus is a simple but delicious dip served with crackers, tortilla chips or even flatbreads such as pita.
With its Middle Eastern origins, this dip boasts a wealth of health benefits. First, it is rich in fiber which helps keep your digestive tract running right. Secondly, it is rich in protein that helps to boost your bone, skin, muscle, and blood health.
Chickpeas, which are basically beans, contain nutrients that help lower cholesterol levels making one less susceptible to heart diseases. In addition, beans contain protective compounds such as protease inhibitors and saponins that guard cells from damage that could potentially cause cancer. Finally, tahinis as well as the chickpeas in it are rich in calcium which is great for your bones and for the elderly, it is important in preventing the onset of osteoporosis.
What’s more, hummus is a great addition to your diet if you are looking to lose weight. Studies have found that people who eat hummus tend to have smaller waists and generally healthier diets. They also tend to weigh less without going out of their way consuming fewer calories. Isn’t a smaller waist and weighing less without going on a diet music to all of our ears?
There are a couple of ways you can add your hummus to your diet to help with weight loss. First, since it is contains a lot protein, it is therefore a great substitute for meat as it plays the same role. It is a nutritious yet delicious option especially for aspiring vegetarians finding it hard to go cold turkey on the meat.
The protein and fiber in hummus balances blood sugar levels keeps you full causing you to snack less at the same time getting you energized for your workouts. In case you are craving a snack though, use hummus instead of mayo on that sandwich or simply dip some crackers for a low-calorie fix. And instead of using chips, use veggies instead for an equally tasty snack. Red paper or tomato slices are ideal.
If you have allergies, hummus is something you don’t have to worry about. It is gluten-free, dairy- free and nut-free. You can personalize your hummus to suit your taste simply by adding herbs, spices, veggies, fruits or any other healthy alternatives to the base. Also add a little water instead of the oil to lower the calories in it.
Hummus is a must-add to your daily diet. Easy to make, it’ll make your workouts more effective, curb your cravings, help you lose those extra pounds and fit in to those leggings you love. Also, something you can be guilt-free about having in that array of tempting unhealthy food set out at that party. Join the humus bandwagon today and get that dream body.