Beetroot & mint hummus
My favourite hummus. You can cheat and use pre cooked beetroot if you like, in which case this is ready in just a couple of minutes. I don’t know why beetroot & mint go so well together, but this just works!
- 200g cooked beetroot—you can roast your own or cheat & buy prepacked (unflavoured)
- 1 tin of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Handful of fresh mint leaves + few extra for decoration
- 1-2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1—2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Season, to taste
Basically just whizz everything up in a bowl with a hand-blender, or in a food processor.
If it is too dry add more olive oil.
If it is too wet add more chickpeas.
That is it!
Freezes well in small portions.
Chickpeas (a type of legume) help you feel full up & so aid with weight loss. They are full of fibre, slowly absorbed into the blood stream, so help to balance blood sugar levels. They can aid digestion & help lower cholesterol. Many studies have found that the higher the level of legumes eaten, the healthier people are likely to be & so the longer they are likely to live.
Mint is well known for its calming effect on the gut, it helps relieve wind & indigestion. Menthol is also an appetite stimulant, & can help with nausea & sickness. Used widely in the treatment of IBS.
Beetroot – In recent years a lot of research has found that beetroot can hep with the relaxation of the arteries, enabling blood to flow easier and lowering blood pressure (due to its high nitrate levels). Drinking 1 cup of beetroot juice a day has been found to lower blood pressure by 7%.
It is also now famous for helping to improve the stamina performance of athletes before competition. In everyday life this can translate to helping people with mobility issues, to get just a little more exercise each day.
Beetroot contains as many anti-oxidants (beta-carotene) as kale and Brussel sprouts, particularly the deep purple variety. Also rich in iron, some B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium & silicone.