I don’t know if you’ve noticed it but all these people who follow vegetarian and vegan diets are looking for several alternatives that will offer them the sweetness of a dessert and at the same time, give them the nutrients of a complete meal.
Therefore, there was a need to find sweet recipes that would be healthier and that would contain many nutrients; that is, rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. A few examples of foods that we lately come across in sweet recipes are avocados, legumes, fruits, nuts, honey, agave or maple syrup, tahini or peanut butter, seeds, and now hummus too. If all these ingredients are combined properly, they can indeed give us some of the sweetest recipes that are a lot healthier than regular desserts which are mostly filling us with saturated fats (like butters and heavy cream) or processed sugar.
Smoothies or milkshakes are “sweet” choices – ideal for those who work out- that if combined properly and consumed in reasonable quantities, they could have all the above characteristics and be part of a balanced eating plan. So, in that way, hummus shake was created. Everyone who loves hummus and smoothies would love to try it… Of course, it is based on a food that plenty of people are not big fans of, the well-known chickpeas. Chickpeas belong to the family of legumes and they are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are also a good source of protein and folic acid, as well as many of the complex B water-soluble vitamins, manganese, iron, and zinc. All these are essential elements for our body’s and our immune system’s proper function. Vegans and vegetarians use to consume them in large quantities due to their high nutritional value.
Hummus is a spread that is becoming more and more well-known not only in recipes, but also ready-made in the market. It is used to accompany many healthy salads, either in its thick form or as a dressing. Personally, I like it a lot when it is combined with my favorite falafels. It contains about 150 calories per 100 g, which are very likely to vary and be a lot more when it is store-bought and not homemade; that is because of the sugar and the olive oil (or any other oil) that is added in larger quantities than usual. The best that you can do (and that is for all store-bought products) is to check the labels of the products and know exactly what they contain.
So, I made you 3 different hummus shakes to suit all tastes, of course!
Peach hummus shake (Calories: 389 kcal)
Strawberry hummus shake (Calories: 380 kcal)
All three of them are complete meals, since they contain carbs, protein, and good polyunsaturated fatty acids. They contain plenty of fiber and they are ideal to fill you up. They can be consumed as breakfast or as a post-workout meal since they will improve body’s hydration and the protein synthesis process.
Are you ready to try them and send me your feedback? What I have to say is that their flavor is both sweet and unique, and that they made me love chickpeas and hummus even more. What’s left for me to do now is to make you a tzatziki shake :p
This article was written in collaboration with Kitchen Lab’s Sports Nutritionist Anna Maria Volanaki, MSc, BDA, SENr.
*The above information is based on published research findings.