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The Best Low Calorie Nutritious Holiday Appetizers

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Traditional Hummus is prepared from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon and garlic, that are low in unhealthy saturated fat, rich in protein, calcium and antioxidants. Hummus as a whole contains plenty of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, folic acid and essential amino acids like Tryptophan, phenylalanine and tyrosine.

One of my favorite foods that is packed with nutrients and health benefits is Hummus. Traditionally this dish is a favorite in Middle Eastern countries and it is now very popular in other parts of the world. It has a texture and consistency similar to peanut butter. It is very easy to make and a great addition to your holiday appetizers menu.

Ingredients that make Hummus healthy

1. Chickpeas

The nutritional benefits of hummus can be rooted down from each of its ingredients. For one, chickpeas are very healthy because they do not contain any cholesterol or saturated fats. They are also rich in protein. This makes hummus a favorite among vegetarians. Chickpeas are also known to be effective in preventing build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels. Apart from that, it can maintain correct blood sugar levels.

2. Tahini

Tahini, meanwhile, is full of fat and calories. However, the fact that it is used sparingly in most hummus recipes and that it mostly contains unsaturated fat means there is not much to worry about. Like chickpeas, tahini is also high in protein. Apart from that, it is a great source of calcium.

3. Olive Oil

Another healthy ingredient found in hummus is olive oil. As most people know, olive oil is a healthy fat. It has high monounsaturated fat content but low in saturated fat. This oil can thus help regulate cholesterol and protect the heart from various diseases.

4. Garlic and Lemon Juice

Garlic and lemon juice, meanwhile, are filled with antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in the body. They also work to improve immune functions and fight of bacteria and viruses.

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General Health Benefits of Hummus

  • Hummus as a whole contains plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for improving intelligence and maintaining a healthy heart.
  • Also has iron, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, folic acid, and amino acids.
  • Tryptophan, phenylalanine, and tyrosine are the amino acids found in hummus that can promote good quality sleep and uplift one’s mood.

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Lynnis Woods

Lynnis Woods-Mullins CHC,CLC,CPI, is CEO and Founder of PraiseWorks Health and Wellness a faith based mind, body, spirit wellness company that specializes in educating women 40 and over on total wellness through coaching programs, e-books, CD’s , DVD’s, radio programs, podcast programs and video series, about holistic practices, fitness, nutrition and spiritual renewal. Lynnis has over 40 years experience in dance and is an accomplished Praise Dancer. Lynnis is producer and host “The Wellness Journey-LIVE!” and “Our Journey to Wellness Moments” Lynnis is the Publisher and Editor-n-Chief of the digital magazine “Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond, Different Background…Same Journey” . Lynnis is also the creator of DeStress The Mess a holistic stress reduction coaching program.

Lynnis Woods

Lynnis Woods-Mullins CHC,CLC,CPI, is CEO and Founder of PraiseWorks Health and Wellness a faith based mind, body, spirit wellness company that specializes in educating women 40 and over on total wellness through coaching programs, e-books, CD’s , DVD’s, radio programs, podcast programs and video series, about holistic practices, fitness, nutrition and spiritual renewal. Lynnis has over 40 years experience in dance and is an accomplished Praise Dancer. Lynnis is producer and host “The Wellness Journey-LIVE!” and “Our Journey to Wellness Moments” Lynnis is the Publisher and Editor-n-Chief of the digital magazine “Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond, Different Background…Same Journey” . Lynnis is also the creator of DeStress The Mess a holistic stress reduction coaching program.