As triathletes who are always trying to improve race performance, we’re given two options to gain speed: either improve overall output which comes from training harder or leaning out to keep excess weight off. As more athletes are turning to a plant-based diet, we can see a correlation between improved performance and a diet focused around incorporating more plants. As Rich Roll discussed his favorite sources Top 7 Sources of Plant Based Protein, legumes are a great way to include a concentrated source of protein.
If you haven’t tried chickpeas yet, you’re really missing out on a delicious source of concentrated plant-based protein that comes with a dose of high iron content and other minerals such as folate and manganese which are essential cofactors in a number of enzymes important to energy production. Chickpeas are also high in antioxidants which fight off disease and enhance your immune system. If you want strong bones, it’s time to include some chickpeas in your diet. When eaten regularly, chickpeas can also enhance your digestive system by fighting off bacteria and germs.
The best part is their versatility in the kitchen. With some creativity, we can turn them into delicious spreads, add them to salads, soups, and stews. The possibilities are endless, so start we’re sharing a simple recipe for a chick pea based hummus that you can pair with numerous foods.
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1/3 cup ground sesame Tahini
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- Fresh herb (cilantro, dill, basil)
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and pulse until smooth. If you need to adjust the texture, add more water.
10 Great Ways to Use Hummus:
+ Use hummus instead of mayonnaise as a spread when making sandwiches and wraps
+ Make instant salad dressing by blending hummus, vinegar, salt & pepper
+ Mound several tablespoons of hummus into an avocado half for a quick mini-meal
+ Spread toast or bagels with hummus, rather than cream cheese
+ Serve a bowl of hummus as a sauce for kebabs of all kinds
+ Toss hot cooked pasta with hummus, season with cracked black pepper, and sprinkle with chopped fresh chives or parsley
+ Spread on healthy pizza crust and top with roasted vegetables, and bake at 425 F for 10 minutes
+ Stir a spoonful of hummus into scrambled eggs or omelets before cooking
+ Spread hummus lightly on fish fillets, top with herbs and bake at 400 F for 10 to 15 minutes
+ Grill Portobello mushroom caps and then top with a tablespoon of hummus