Kripalu Recipe: Traditional Hummus

Hummus might just be a perfect food. Plant proteins, like chickpeas and the sesame seeds that make tahini, usually carry a good dose of fiber as well—a magic combo for modulating the rate at which carbohydrates are absorbed, thereby modulating blood sugar. This recipe for hummus offers other benefits as well: The fats in tahini and olive oil are powerful anti-inflammatories, and the acid in the lemon juice facilitates absorption of the iron in the beans and nuts.

1¾ cup cooked chickpeas (about 1 can)
3 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Pinch salt
Pinch cumin
¼ cup water (use plain water or the water from cooking the chickpeas)

Blend together all ingredients, and serve.