Healthy Beetroot Hummus Dip
Healthy beetroot hummus dip makes a nutrient-packed snack. It’s loaded with natural nitrates that increase blood flow in the body. Why is that important? Increasing blood flow helps increase nutrient delivery to the muscles and the skin. Bringing nutrients to the muscles helps speed up post-workout recovery.
This can also be beneficial to the skin! Increased blood flow helps remove toxins and helps increase flow to the capillaries in the skin ensuring it has the nutrients it needs to build and maintain smooth and soft skin! Beetroot can be roasted, chopped and dropped into a salad or blended into a smoothie. But, perhaps the best way to enjoy this root is blended with chickpeas into a healthy beetroot hummus dip – yum!
Healthy Beetroot Hummus Dip
If you enjoy hummus and beets why not combine them into a yummy nutritious dip for snacking! The main ingredient in hummus is the chickpea! This high protein legume provides about 19 g per 100 g of chickpeas, plus provides a source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – the good ones!
In addition, chickpeas are high in iron, magnesium and vitamin B-6. Beetroot is low in calories, low in carbs and high in fiber! This recipe also provides a few other super food ingredients including garlic, lemon, olive oil and tahini – that’s ground sesame seed.
Blended Beetroot Anyone?
There are many colors and varieties of beetroot – red, candy cane stripped and even orange. All provide a source of natural nitrates, but for this recipe I’m using the red ones so I can get that beautiful pink color.
Beetroot has been shown to have all kinds of super food capabilities, mostly due to their nitrate content. They can help boost energy, detox the body, improve cognitive function, reduce inflammation and leave the skin glowing.
They can be perfect for a pre-workout boost or an afternoon snack matched with your favourite veggies, or even on whole grain toast. A scoop of this delicious beetroot hummus is also perfect on a salad or bowl.
What’s in This Healthy Hummus?
This recipe provides an energizing protein boost; have it for an afternoon pick-me-up, or a pre-workout boost. Here’s what you’ll need.
Beetroot – Use cooked beetroot for ease and convenience, or you can boil the beetroot on your own. Avoid roasting because it will dry the beetroot out too much.
Roast Garlic – Cut the top off a whole bulb of garlic, add olive oil and salt. Remove the loose skin of the individual cloves from the outside. Place the garlic in the oven and roast on 400o for about 40 minutes. If you don’t have time to roast, no worries! Use fresh garlic.
Tahini – Is the main ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes. Tahini is made from ground up white sesame seeds; therefore it’s fairly high in good for you fats, providing about 8 g per tablespoon.
Lemon Juice – this citrus fruit helps brighten the recipe, and adds a bit of freshness! Lemon juice provides a source of the antioxidant vitamin C – which is needed for the production of new skin.
Olive Oil – This healthy fat delivers the antioxidant compound oleuropein, which has anti-inflammatory activity. It has also been found to help lower body fat and prevent weight gain.
How to Make Healthy Beetroot Hummus?
The sweetness of the beetroot will blend perfectly with chickpeas, garlic and tahini, making a perfect combination of super food ingredients. After prepping the ingredients, throw them into a food processor and put on high for about 1-minute or until all ingredients are blended into a smooth and creamy texture. That’s it!
Beetroot Hummus Dip
- Food Processor
- 2 Medium Boiled Beetroots
- 1 can Cooked Drained Chickpeas
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Tahini
- ¼ cup Lemon Juice
- 1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 1-minute or until creamy and smooth!
- Cut up veggie sticks – carrots, cucumber, capsicum, broccoli or cauliflower!Perfect for an afternoon snack or pre-workout boost.
- Eat with a salad or a bowl!I like a scoop of this delicious dip on the side with my veggies and protein or an added bit of nutritious goodness.
- Choose organic tahini that doesn’t have any added oils or ingredients.You can find tahini that contains only pure ground sesame seeds.
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