5 Ways to Spice up our New Classic Hummus
By Staci Amend
High in fiber and low in calories and fat, garbanzo beans (the primary ingredient in our NEW Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers) help keep you satiated for hours—making them our go-to legume for happy, healthy snacking. Though it’s perfectly delicious right out of the packet with crispy crackers, our hummus gets extra marks for being easily spiced up into an entirely new snack. Here are our five favorite ways to mix it up!
1. Red Peppers
The natural sweetness of fresh red peppers is the perfect complement to the zesty flavors of garlic and sesame. Add some diced, seeded red peppers, chopped onions and a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresh burst of flavor in every bite. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also blend a few strips of roasted red pepper into your hummus for a smoky-flavored treat any time of day.
2. Pickled Beets
Trust us on this one—if you enjoy the earthy flavors of pickled beets, this may just become your favorite hummus hack! Blend a handful of these deep red root veggies into your hummus with a dash each of paprika and onion powder for a rich, flavorful take on your afternoon snack… or a gorgeous deep-pink side dish worth serving at your next cocktail party.
3. Cilantro & Lime
The bright flavors and craving-killing powers of your favorite guacamole—without the fat or high calories! Mince a handful of cilantro with a quarter of diced white onion, then toss together with a teaspoon of fresh lime juice. For an even stronger south of the border vibe, dip jicama or red pepper slices in the hummus!
4. Artichoke Hearts
A simple snack takes on a gourmet slant when you add artichoke! Start with a half-cup of frozen artichoke hearts, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow to cool, then toss in the blender with our Classic Hummus. Top with diced cucumber and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, then enjoy with carrots or your Wheat Crackers!
5. Tomato & Curry
Craving Indian flavors? Try adding a half-teaspoon each of curry powder and cumin to your hummus. Mix in one whole diced Roma tomato and a teaspoon of minced fresh shallot, then allow mixture to rest for 15 minutes to let the flavors meld. Serve with cool cucumber slices or our crunchy wheat crackers.