I mean, how fun is it to look at the plate of food in front of you and instantly have it put a huge smile on your face due to the insanely happy colour of it. Unless of course you don’t like pink…then perhaps this isn’t your post, my friend. Unless you like snacking? Then this post is definitely for you.
Alright, now that the formal introductions are out of the way, allow me to get back to gushing about this amazing hummus! It’s pretty, light, refreshing, filling and perfect for dipping everything into – your favourite veggies, breadsticks or your favourite crackers. In fact, if you really want to get all crazy with your daily dose of hummus, why not whip up a batch of my hummus crackers and smother those bad boys in this Roasted Beet Hummus goodness. It’s a hummus dream come true!
In addition to being simply gorgeous in the colour department, this Roasted Beet Hummus is super healthy for you! Beets are nutritional powerhouses; allow me to share some fun little tidbits about them:
- Beets are nature’s Viagra. Oh ya, bow-chicka-wow-wow. Or in the case of this hummus, bow-chickpea-wow-wow 😉 Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
- Beets are high in all sorts of vitamins and minerals. Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid – just some of the amazing goodness that can be found in beets and their leafy greens. Beets are also particularly beneficial to women whom are pregnant, as the vitamin B and iron are very beneficial to new growth cells during pregnancy and replenishing iron in the woman’s body.
- Beets are a natural detoxifier, cleansing the liver and blood. Plus, beets can even help to prevent certain forms of cancer!
- Beets can make you happy – and I don’t just mean from their impressive colour! Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. They also contain trytophan, which, similar to chocolate, relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being. See, beets and chocolate are, um, practically the same thing?
- Beets can help to lower your blood pressure.
- Beets are a high source of energy – they are also low in calories and high in sugar. Unlike chocolate though, the sugar that is released into your body by beets is done so gradually, helping to sustain your energy levels over a longer period of time. Beets: 1. Chocolate: 0…sorry chocolate! (source)
So, basically, beets are unbeatable in the nutrition department… hehe, unbeatable 😉
When we pair all of these amazing health benefits with the other ingredients in this simple Roasted Beet Hummus: chickpeas, garlic and lemon, this hummus really is a prime example of nature’s bounty of nutrition.
Plus, it tastes amazing and, at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.
This Roasted Beet Hummus is also insanely easy to make. Like pop everything into your food processor and walk away for 5 minutes while it does it’s thing, insanely easy. You know me, always looking for ways to keep things simple for you lovely people!
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- 1 can chick peas, drained
- 1 cup roasted beets, peeled (about 4-5 small beets)
- juice of 1 & ½ lemons
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 4 small garlic cloves
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Wrap your cleaned beets in tinfoil and roast for 20-30 minutes, or until a fork can easily pierce them.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and then remove the skins. It should slide off pretty easily, but use a knife if needed.
- Add all ingredients to food processor and process on high for 3-5 minutes. If hummus is too thick for your liking, add a little water or extra lemon juice to thin it out.
- Adjust flavouring by adding salt and pepper to taste.