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Old 09-21-2004, 01:33 PM   #1
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Hummus

I just ate hummus with lunch. I read the nutrition label, and, to my surprise, because it is made of garbanzo beans, it is fairly calorie dense. However, this is not a food to be avoided, correct? I was so proud of myself for making a nice little spinach salad with tomato, onion, olives, and some turkey rolled up with hummus, but then I felt bad after I read the calorie content. Yikes!!!

 
Old 09-21-2004, 05:01 PM   #2
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Re: Hummus

I love hummus! I think your meal was good. I eat something similar for lunch but I dip a few slices of pita bread into hummus. In my opinion it is fine as long as you arent eating a ton of it right before bedtime.

 
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Old 09-21-2004, 05:12 PM   #3
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Repeat after me, LS :


Calories are necessary for health
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Old 09-21-2004, 11:31 PM   #4
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Re: Hummus

Calories are necessary for health.

 
Old 09-22-2004, 04:43 AM   #5
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Re: Hummus

Hummus has so many advantages as a good food, the sesame and olive oils are good healthy oils, the chickpeas are perhaps the lowest glycemic carbohydrates commonly available in the U.S. Every 20 grams of carbs copntains a total of 7 grams soluble fiber and almost NOTHING outside the legume family can claim that kind of fiber content.

AND it has as much protein as it does fiber.

With a piece of pita and MAYBE a vitamin pill a day, it is sufficiently nutrient dense to support life absent any other food.

As you say, it's a calorie dense food (as are any beans, especially if blended with plenty of oil) and thus it should be eaten more as an entire meal rather than as a snack food.

I make mine with extra toasted sesame seeds and PLENTY of garlic. YUMM. It's the best use of my Cusineart.

a tip: Less oil makes for less calories so you can smmoth it up with some ice water replacing a portion of the oil and use a low-salt soy sauce to keep sodium from outrageous levels. If you have the stamina to use dried chickpeas (I don't) you can get the sodium QUITE low.

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Old 09-22-2004, 08:54 AM   #6
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Re: Hummus

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Originally Posted by zip2play
I make mine with extra toasted sesame seeds and PLENTY of garlic. YUMM. It's the best use of my Cusineart.

a tip: Less oil makes for less calories so you can smmoth it up with some ice water replacing a portion of the oil and use a low-salt soy sauce to keep sodium from outrageous levels. If you have the stamina to use dried chickpeas (I don't) you can get the sodium QUITE low.
I eat hummus daily also--with soy crisps. I do something similar to what Zip does (besides the stents we have), where I substitute out the oil for lemon juice. Actually, I quit using tahini, all together, and now add in only a few drops of avocado oil to a can of garbanzos in my food processor. From there, I just add a little bit of cumin seeds, a clove or two of garlic, the lemon juice (perhaps a Tbsp or two), a little paprika, plus either artichoke hearts, or a few black olives (without pits).

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Old 09-23-2004, 06:25 AM   #7
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Re: Hummus

ubie,
I of course use lemon juice and tahini (I found a nice toasted tahini...sublimo) but I've never thought of using cumin. I SHOULD have because I bury my black bean soup with it.
Thanks for the tip, I'll try the cumin next time (and a shake of paprika.)

 
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