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Friday, April 15th, 2011

Simple Hummus Recipe

Friday, April 15th, 2011

NO Bean Hummus Recipe

I looove me some hummus, I mean who doesn’t?! But guess what I don’t love….or rather what doesn’t love me? Beans. You know the saying “Beans, beans the magical fruit the more you eat ’em the more you toot!” I’m hear to tell you that cute little saying is, in fact, true.

So what’s the deal with beans, why do they make you toot? Well, beans are interesting because they have both the qualities of a starch & a protein.  I am a firm believer in proper food combining and if you’re not yet, you should be. Food combining is a game changer – seriously, seriously important. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about then call me, set up a session and we’ll go over the principles in depth).

“Nature combines both starch and protein in beans and legumes, which means that while they are a natural plant food, they are not easy to digest. For weight loss or for anyone with bowel issues, I recommend avoiding starchy legumes.” – Natalia Rose, The Raw Food Detox Diet

So what happens when you have a starch and a protein together? Gas, bloating, and digestive issues. Another factor is that beans contain oligosaccharides. This complex sugar is virtually impossible to digest without some help because humans do not produce the necessary enzymes needed to properly break it down.

A great article from the Weston A Price Foundation says…

When consumed, these oligosaccharides reach the lower intestine largely intact, and in the presence of anaerobic bacteria ferment and produce carbon dioxide and methane gases, as well as a good deal of discomfort, not to mention embarrassment in polite society. (source)

Having experienced this phenomena for myself, I rarely eat beans. But don’t fret, you can still make your hummus and eat it too. Try this awesome bean-free hummus recipe!

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbs Lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • pinch of cayanne
  • sea salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. That’s it!!

Health begins in the gut, and a happy gut is bean free! With this delicious recipe you won’t even miss those beans!

Believe me, I recently went on a hummus rampage!! I don’t know what came over me but alllllllllllll I wanted was hummus and carrots, Hank too! Here he is waiting patiently for his carrot stick (no hummus for him)! He looooooooooooves his carrots!

Like so many of us do, I can get caught up in my busy schedule.  Last week while on the run, I decided to buy a container of pre-made hummus from the store. One little carton of hummus can’t be bad, right?! Well I will tell you what this experience taught me; I haven’t had beans in quite a while and I won’t be having them again anytime soon! I was so bloated and uncomfortable, now I remember why I don’t advise any of my clients to eat beans either!

Beans are a slow-exit food which means it takes a long time for them to pass through our digestive tract. The longer it takes for a food to exit the body, the more opportunity for waste bi-products to accumulate in the body.  All that gas a bloat is happening for a reason, listen to your body’s cues!

If you simply can live without beans here are a few tips to help your body digest them a little more easily:

  • Beans should be bought fresh
  • Pre-soak in water for at least 8 hours or overnight
  • Cook thoroughly – This is the single most important factor in making beans easily digestible. Beans should be cooked until they are soft all the way through, with no firmness or crunchiness.
  • Boil beans on high for 10 minutes before main cooking method
  • Use supporting spices – Indian cooking uses ginger, turmeric, and sometimes fennel and asafetida to cook with beans to make them more digestible.

So, for those of you who simply CAN NOT live without your beans, be sure to follow these tips to make them more digestible. BUT If you really want to take your health to the next level, forget the beans and try this amazing hummus recipe instead! You’ll be glad you did…and so will the people around you! 😉

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