With the weather warming up and spring soon to be in full swing, many people start looking for light meals and healthier snacks. Hummus happens to be one of our favorites, and when you add World Honey Market's Datil Sting Hot Honey to it, it becomes an unbeatable spicy combo of health benefits and flavor.
Much like pure raw honey, hummus offers a number of potential health benefits. Hummus is high in several vital nutrients, including fiber and protein. A 2016 study found that people who eat chickpeas or hummus ate more fiber, unsaturated fat, antioxidant vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
This may be due, in part, to the presence of these ingredients in hummus. However, researchers do not know if hummus causes people to eat healthily or if people who eat healthily tend to eat more hummus.
That said, a 2020 study emphasized that including hummus in your diet may promote healthier eating, especially compared with other popular snack foods.
Snacking on hummus instead may help people better manage their weight and diet, potentially improving heart health and reducing the risk of health concerns like type 2 diabetes.
Hummus is also relatively high in protein compared with many other vegetarian and vegan foods, so consuming it may make it easier for people to cut back on meat to get enough protein.
This can be especially helpful for pregnant or lactating people, adults over the age of 50, and other groups who need to increase their protein intake.
Hummus is relatively low in sugar, especially versus other popular snack products. Therefore, eating fiber-rich foods such as hummus may help a person feel fuller and support better blood sugar control. This could help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and help people who already have diabetes control their blood sugar.
A 2020 study of 39 adults pointed to the blood sugar benefits of hummus. The researchers found that participants who had an afternoon snack of hummus had reductions in blood sugar of about 5%.
The same study also suggested that hummus may help control appetite. So for people trying to lose or maintain weight, eating hummus may make doing so easier. The researchers found that hummus consumption correlated with a 20% reduction in snacking compared with people who had no snack, as well as a 70% reduction in hunger.
The only downside is that store-bought hummus can be pretty high in sodium; that's why we are providing you with an easy homemade option.
Are you ready for an easy, delicious afternoon snack?
Check out our Datil Sting Hot Honey Hummus Recipe below.
1 ½ cups cooked or canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tahini
¼ cup aquafaba (juice from canned chickpeas)
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
3 tablespoons World Honey Market's Datil Sting Hot Honey
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add aquafaba as needed to thin texture and make blending easier.
Spoon hummus into a serving bowl and create a swirl pattern on top with a knife or spoon. Make sure there are some deeper "valleys" in your swirl.
Drizzle additional honey over the top of the hummus and serve with your choice of dippers.