It is mainly understood that a healthy body begins and ends in the kitchen. going to the gym is great but if you fill your body with crap the benefits will be lost along the way. Its easy to get lazy with our diets and kind-of eat healthy…during the week..except Fridays. We are constantly bombarded with how to eat clean, be gluten-free, try vegetarianism, etc. The problem is that what works for one person may not be the best suited for someone else.

I recently analyzed my current diet to see what nutrients I was not getting enough of (or getting too much of, like minieggs and Starbucks). I started a new eating plan that includes more protein at every meal and replacing some of the fruit I was eating (yes, even fruit can put too much sugar into your diet) with more vegetables. I have been eating fairly healthy and clean, loosely following a meal plan for the last 6 months or so, but I was obviously missing out on important nutrients that my body needed. Adding more protein also is important to keep my body energized for my fairly busy gym, spin, and hot yoga schedule. To get more protein that isn’t meat, I’ve started eating homemade hummus. It makes eating extra veggies easier and it doesn’t force me to eat more chicken.

There are lots of different ways to make hummus, you can really add whatever you want to the blended chickpeas. I didn’t have tahini in my pantry so this recipe is without it. My co-worker’s tip for making hummus is when you think you’ve added too much garlic, add a little bit more. As long as you have mints handy afterwards, a little extra garlic never hurt anyone. The other tip I learned on the internet is to take the skins off the chickpeas; it isn’t a crucial step but it makes the hummus a little more smooth.

Hummus

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Ingredients

2 16-oz cans of chickpeas (drained, rinsed, and de-skinned)
4 gloves of garlic, minced
Juice from 1 lemon
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp water
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika

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Directions

Using a food processor, blend all of the ingredients together until smooth hummus is formed. Add more spices/olive oil for taste and consistency.

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What is your favourite hummus recipe?

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