If you’re looking for an incredibly nutritious snack, then look no further. The addition of Avocado in this Hummus recipe really does take this classic and all time favourite dip to the next level.
Avocados are well known for their amazing nutritional profile (in particular high content of quality, healthy fats) along with their delicious flavour and rich texture. Bursting with an array of nutrients such as Vitamins K, C, E, Folate and Potassium you can see why they are favoured by many health experts and are a go to food for both Vegetarians and Vegans.
Don’t be fooled by the high fat content in Avocados. You will find that most of the fat in Avocados is Oleic acid (a good kind of fat) which is believed to promote many health benefits such reducing Inflammation. Mother Nature protects the fats in Avocados from going rancid too quickly by packing the fruit full of antioxidants. The gorgeous green and yellow colours of avocados come from the natural antioxidant pigments chlorophyll (green) and carotenoids – beta carotene (orange) and lutein and zeaxanthin (yellows). These orange and yellow colours are fat soluble and play important roles in maintaining eye health. Avocados are also a source of vitamin E – the fat soluble antioxidant vitamin. Vitamin E needs vitamin C to work properly, so it’s no surprise that avocados are also rich in vitamin C. So avocados have plenty of antioxidants, just like fruits and vegetables (1)
If you suffer high cholesterol, you will also be happy to know that studies have shown that Avocados can significantly reduce total LDL cholesterol levels as well as increasing HDL cholesterol (the good kind of cholesterol).
Avocados are an excellent nutrient rich food that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. Serve this Avocado Hummus with your favourite veggies sticks, flaxseed or rice crackers.
- 14 oz Canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 Garlic clove
- 4 tbsp Lemon juice
- 3 tbsp Tahini
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- ½ Avocado pitted and skin removed
- 1 tsp Curry powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Lg Carrots peeled and cut in to sticks
- Add all the hummus ingredients into a food processor or blender. Mix on high speed, scraping down sides occasionally until it is a creamy, paste consistency.
- Serve with carrot sticks (or preferred vegetable stick).