It’s always exciting to see a formerly misunderstood food enjoy its moment in the spotlight. We’ve seen it happen with healthy staples like brussels sprouts and kale, ingredients formerly relegated-to-breakfast-only like bacon and yogurt, and less-familiar ethnic flavors like sriracha and curry. And this year, according to some influential voices in the food scene, is the year that a certain Mediterranean bean dip has gotten everyone humming. Today, we celebrate hummus, whether dip, spread, or sandwich-filling, in all its tangy, savory, garlicky glory.
1. A Healthy Snack We Actually Enjoy—Yes, it’s hard to stick to a healthy eating plan, particularly when calling a food “healthy” is a euphemism as phony as “great personality” or “really punctual.” Fortunately, healthy doesn’t have to mean bland or bitter, and hummus lovers know that despite its less-than-inspiring appearance, this chickpea-and-tahini blend is packed with savory flavor. What’s more, it’s high in both fiber and protein (4 grams of each per 1/3 cup, compared to guacamole’s only 1.5 grams of protein and whopping 5.1 grams of fiber), meaning it’s a convenient and tasty way to make sure you’re getting a strong dose of plant-based benefits.
2. A Customizable Canvas for Endless Options—If you’re looking for a little creativity in your food, check out the surprising twists many have put on the traditional hummus recipe. The basic chickpea, olive oil, garlic, and hummus template has gotten a multitude of makeovers at places like the Fancy Food Show—where you may have spotted varieties by Eat Well Embrace Life like beet, sriracha carrot, or wasabi edamame hummus.
3. The Best Food Across the Globe—International and ethnic foods long prized by people in other countries still continue to find new fans here in the U.S. We’re always on the lookout for different and exciting opportunities to expand our palates and incorporate the best flavor combinations from around the world. What better way to learn about an unfamiliar culture than through snacking? An established staple of Greek and Middle Eastern dining, hummus is perfectly on-trend with internationally popular foods that entertain and delight the American palate’s culinary curiosity.
4. Beyond the Bowl: More than a Dip—As we’ve seen with many star-on-the-rise foods, they don’t usually stay in their original form long. The same goes for hummus which has proven to be an amazingly adaptable ingredient in all sorts of fusion foods. Some intriguing iterations of hummus include chips like Simply 7 Snacks and a product line once featured on the ABC show Shark Tank, aspiring company O’Dang Hummus, with four hummus-based dressings and sauces: Ranch, Caesar, Buffalo, and Hummy-Mustard.
Grab some pita triangles, raw veggies, or tortilla chips and try out some new flavors of hummus for yourself this weekend. Happy Foodie Friday!
And, of course, for something a little weird…
Perhaps the most unexpected hummus flavor that’s emerged to date comes to us courtesy of Hope Foods in Boulder, Colorado, with an organic concoction that tastes like…chocolate! Made with chickpeas, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, vanilla, sea salt, and espresso, this sweet treat is more dessert than appetizer. It’s a lighter indulgence at 50 calories and 6 grams of sugar per 28-gram serving, compared to 150 calories and 16 grams of sugar in the same amount of Nutella.