I have a post for a while back that I’ll link to below, where I showed you guys some of my homemade roasted pepper/avocado hummus. It was delicious, theres no doubt about that, but something was missing for me. When I buy store bought hummus I’m always so picky when it comes to texture, craving that ultra smooth feel. Yet, when I made it at home I ignored the texture knowing that at least it had amazing taste and I knew exactly what I was putting in my body. It made me happy knowing not only that I had made my snack or meal ingredient completely from scratch but that there would definitely be no unnecessary additives and preservatives.
It wasn’t until last night that I came across a recipe that instructed me to peel every last chickpea by hand. It seemed ridiculous and tedious, but they promised this was the answer to my texture issue for hummus so I decided to give it a try. It was tedious, but it was also seriously worth it! This is the creamiest, smoothest, hummus I’ve ever made and it even compares to my favorite store bought. This is cheaper and healthier than the store bought alternative and I seriously recommend you give it a try!
After peeling the chickpeas, I added some garlic and kalamata olives. The only thing I didn’t have was tahini, but it was still good without it!
Yesterday, after going to the gym, my mother and I went food shopping. We picked up lots of veggies and lean meats and portioned and prepared some of it for easy snacking and easy eating when we were in a rush to avoid grabbing something unhealthy just because it was fast. I live and go to school in two different boroughs and I have a 2 hour commute very early in the morning, so needless to say breakfast was usually an unhealthy choice or skipped all together. This morning however, I grabbed a small whole wheat wrap and added a spoon full of the homemade hummus we made yesterday. Then I cut up a hard boiled egg (another pre-prepared item we thought ahead for) and mixed up some of the (also pre cooked) diced grilled chicken from yesterday with a little bit of greek yogurt and honey and then added that to the little wrap as well. I had a few pieces of pineapple on the side with a cup of cold brewed iced coffee with almond milk and I was set. It took me all of 5 minutes and I had the nutritional boost from chicken, eggs, chickpeas, avocado, greek yogurt, honey, peppers, and pineapple. AND it was delicious!
I love hummus and it’s a much healthier pair to some fresh raw veggies than the more common choice of ranch dressing but I’m not a big fan of processed foods. Making some at home is easy and you get to control what’s being put in your body. In this recipe I used a can of chickpeas, half of an avocado, a quarter of a roasted pepper and a little bit of garlic and black pepper. After mixing the ingredients in a sealable container I just used a hand blender on it for about 30 seconds and that was it! So good!