I love hummus. I love it with veggie chips, on carrot sticks, on sandwiches, and roasted veggies. But buying hummus can get real expensive real quick. So I like to make my own. Not only is it easy but you can also get really creative. You can use many different herbs, spices, condiments, and veggies to flavor your hummus. I recently discovered that hummus can also be a great delivery system for medicinal herbs. Check it out!
Anti-Inflammatory Hummus Recipe
The base of the hummus recipe comes from Nourishing Meals, my favorite cookbook and blog.
- 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans, or 2 cans
- ½ cup sesame tahini
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder or 2 to 3 cloves, crushed
- 2 TBSP ground turmeric
- 2 TBSP dried nettle leaves
- 1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt or Herbamare, or to taste
- ¼ cup water to desired consistency
Toss everything in a food processor and blend until smooth. Easy peasy.
So what makes this hummus anti-inflammatory? The turmeric and the nettles.
Turmeric is an ancient herb with long-standing medicinal use. In recent years, scientists have done a lot of research on curcumin, which is thought to be the active constituent in turmeric. And what we have found out about curcumin is amazing. It can help with joint pain, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, depression, menstrual cramps, high blood sugar, Alzheimer's, and even cancer. Amazing, right? This is why I like to add turmeric to my diet whenever I can.
Nettles are also anti-inflammatory. They contain vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids that act as a natural antihistamine so they are great for allergies. I buy dried nettles in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. If you live in area where they grow in the wild, you can also harvest and dry the nettles yourself. Be careful of the stingers though!
How do you like to flavor your hummus? Share in the comments below!
I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient.