If you've ever made hummus, then you know how easy it is. A few ingredients, whip them together and viola - creamy goodness. It's a classic dish with endless variations.
Now that you know the basics, expand your repertoire by replacing the primary ingredient. Most beans and legumes can take the place of chickpeas, but have you tried beetroot hummus?
According to USDA National Nutrient Database, beets are highly nutritious root vegetables that are a great source of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, sodium, iron, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, and B vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin.
They are also abundant in phytochemical compounds such as , carotenoids, lutein/zeaxanthin, glycine, and betaine. Being a great source of dietary fiber, they are also low in fat, cholesterol, and calories.
Red Beets are associated with:Lower Blood Pressure
Still looking for another benefit? Some say it's an aphrodisiac! Beets contain high levels of the mineral boron. Boron stimulates, boosts and regulates production of sexual hormones in your body.
Here's a basic red beet hummus recipe you can try to get started. It's tasty, versatile, easy to make and as we've learned above a very healthy dish.
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Trying to get enough protein into your body to increase lean muscle mass, recovery and endurance?
It’s not a matter of how much protein you're consuming — but how much your body is able to use.
And depending on what protein sources you're using... that may not be very much.
But what's even worse? What the unused protein gets turned into. (Hint: It starts with an S and ends with UGAR.)
... Yeah, it gets turned into carbs (glucose) or stored as fat.
But let's back up. Because to understand the above you need to understand what protein actually is, and more importantly, what happens when it enters your body.
The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.
What’s the common link between menopause and beauty concerns (sagging skin, hair loss) in women who are aging? It might surprise you to learn it’s a lack of protein.
One study showed that over a month’s period of time, adding an essential amino acid blend (amino acids are critical for making protein in the body) to a 2,000 calorie diet of mainly vegetables and some fruits plus walking for an hour a day resulted in significant weight loss without sagging skin under the chin or in other areas of the body.
Amino acids also help women mitigate the effects of menopause. During menopause, falling levels of hormones cause lean body tissue to begin to break down. Loss of bone, skin collagen, muscle mass, brain cells, and neurotransmitters all lead to more rapid aging, and the feeling that one is getting old. Wrinkles, weakness, osteoporosis, sagging skin, and a loss of energy occurs—all things women want to avoid.
There’s a lot of negativity that surrounds proprietary blends, but companies have a legitimate reason to use them---protecting recipes. The hard work and preparation that goes into producing a powerful multi-ingredient formula has been stymied. In fact, formulations have been constantly criticized by the general public.
How many times have you heard how companies with proprietary blends aren’t legit? Or how these formulations are made with cheap ingredients? Well, like the old adage goes, “you can’t believe everything you hear.”