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Balsamic Beet Hummus

Balsamic Beet Hummus for Mental Health

Jennifer Bliss
Balsamic Beet Hummus for Mental Health
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When it comes to flavors of hummus, the possibilities are endless!  Well, here’s another flavor to add to your hummus arsenal: Balsamic Beet Hummus.  I really think the balsamic takes it to the next level.  If the color and flavor of this hummus doesn’t get your attention, maybe the healthy benefits of beets will!

But before we get to how beets can benefit your mental health, let’s talk about serving suggestions for this vibrant hummus, shall we?  Use this on sandwiches, pitas, pockets, as a condiment for veggie burgers; thin it out with a little water or more lemon juice and use it as a salad dressing; put it over raw veggies or use as a dip! I’ve included a raw and cooked version below.  If you follow the raw version, the texture may change a bit depending on the blender you use.

Did you know that beets contain betaine – a substance that is found in certain treatments of depression? (1)   Beets also contain tryptophan, which can relax the mind and create a sense of well-being. (1) Beets can even lower your blood pressure. (1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 C of Small Cooked/Canned Beets (OR 4 or 5 individual small raw beets)
  • 1 C of Cooked/Canned Chickpeas (OR raw sprouted)
  • 1/3 C Raw Tahini
  • 1 T Grapeseed Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 to 2 T Minced Garlic
  • 1 T Balsamic Vinegar
  • Black Sea Salt to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. All ingredients into a high speed blender until smooth.

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.fullcircle.com

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