This neon pink hummus gives that same cheerful boost a bright new lipstick gives you (sorry guys…I cant think of a male equivalent!).
Chickpeas are a wonderfully cheap and versatile legume. Legumes are rich in protein, fibre and folic acid and are ranked 4th place in the top 10 most most nutrient dense foods. Hummus is a great snack as its healthy fats keep you satisfied between meals. Meridian Light Tahini (sesame seed butter) is a rich source of lignans, a cancer-fighting phytonutrient and is also delicious on its own spread on some sliced apple.
The vibrant colour of this recipe is provided by beetroot – an athlete’s secret weapon! If you’re a regular exerciser, especially if you partake in endurance sports (marathons and triathlons), beetroot should absolutely be a regular part of your diet. Nitrates in beetroot boost energy and performance by helping to oxygenate the blood, whilst anti-inflammatory compounds facilitate post-exercise muscle recovery.
You don’t have to roast the beets before hand – you could lightly steam them or use raw beets if you want. As a snack I’m serving this hummus on a slice of toasted rye bread (I use Biona 100% Rye bread) with a few slivers of avocado and a sprinkle if Nua Naturals hulled hemp seeds.
(makes about 6 servings)
- 2 medium-sized beetroot, peeled.
- 1 can chickpeas, drained
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 Tbsp Meridian Light Tahini*
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Extra olive oil for serving
- Nua naturals hemp seeds for garnish (optional)*
To roast the beetroot:
Preheat oven to 220 celsius. Individually wrap the beetroot in aluminium foil and place onto the oven rack. Roast for about 50 minutes. Remove and allow to cool fully before preparing the hummus.
Prepare the hummus:
In a food processor pulse the beetroot a few times on its own before adding the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini. Pulse a few more times and then slowly add the olive oil whilst continuing to blend. Season and pulse again one last time until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle over some olive oil and a sprinkling of hulled hemp seeds. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
|NUTRITION INFORMATION BEETROOT HUMMUS PER 1/6th of recipe|
|A source of protein, fiber, folic acid, manganese, potassium and essential fatty acids.|
PAMELA RYAN | NUTRITIONIST | CORPORATE NUTRITION + YOGA
*Ingredients available in LloydsPharmacy Stores