Hummus is amazing. And it's so easy to make. You're much better of making it yourself than buying the ones in the shop. Not the hummus in the shop is bad for you, but creating your own gives you complete control of what you put in it and you can make endless of different flavours!
Hummus is made of chickpeas and chickpeas are so nutritious. Science has shown a direct link with eating chickpeas and a reduction in appetite, meaning by eating chickpeas (or hummus) you will automatically eat less food. But there are so many other health benefits with chickpeas and hummus and here are some:
It's very high in plant protein - great for those on a plant-based diet!
It's super high in fibre - great for your digestion and your GI-tract. A healthy colon equals a healthy body!
Chickpeas are a good source of important vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, folate and β-carotene.
Chickpeas regulates blood-sugar, due to its high fibre and protein content.
Consuming chickpeas and/or hummus may help prevent or offset the development and progression of several chronic diseases (CVD, type-2 diabetes, etc.) and promote healthier functional outcomes (e.g., weight management). Consuming chickpeas and/or hummus in moderation may have additional benefits beyond improving nutrient profiles of meals (e.g., delaying gastric emptying and slowing carbohydrate absorption)
I've started creating a batch of hummus every week now so I can add it on toast, with my salads or as a dip. Here is my favourite one:
Sun-dried tomato hummus
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove
2 sun-dried tomatoes
1 lemon, juice
100-200 ml extra virgin olive oil (add little by little)
Chilli flakes (as much as you want)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Add everything in a blender and blend until you get a smooth creamy consistency.