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Most of you know hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, which is a legume. My program doesn't allow beans or legumes. Sure, they seem harmless...no corn syrup, no trans-fats, no "plastic package" surrounding this food item...so what's wrong with eating Hummus?
Beans and legumes, as well as grains, contain lectins, which are indigestible proteins found in plants that attach themselves to the lower intestine, causing a really unpleasant inflammatory response and a cascade of bowel issues. This is when people suffer from Crohn's, colitis, IBS, and other auto-immune disorders. These lectins also increase the risk of leptin resistance (which I write a whole chapter on in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism). Leptin is the hormone that signals that we are full, which can malfunction causing over-eating.
This is why I suggest a grain-free, bean-free diet. My passion is to make this limited diet as tasty as possible so you can stay successful! Here is a recipe that you will totally enjoy that is low in starch and no lectins!
"HEALTHIFIED" GARLIC HUMMUS
1/2 cup tahini
1 TBS macadamia nut or olive oil
2 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
Combine all the ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings to taste. Makes 4 servings.
CINNAMON-SUGAR "HUMMUS" VARIATION: Omit the garlic, cumin, and paprika. Add 1/4 cup Swerve (or 1 tsp stevia glycerite) and 2 tsp cinnamon. Serve with BAGEL CHIPS (recipe in Kids Cookbook).
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per cup)
Traditional Hummus = 435 calories, 21g fat, 10g protein, 49.9g carbs, 9g fiber (40.9 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Hummus = 228 calories, 19g fat, 6.5g protein, 10.5g carbs, 3.9g fiber (6.6 effective carbs)