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Pink Hummus Recipe
by Natalie McCrae
Low carb bread recipe, gluten free focaccia
Pink Hummus Recipe 
 
You’ve asked for it, so today I am sharing my pink hummus recipe with you!
 
To be honest, I never really follow a recipe (truth’s out!). I’m generally bad at following instructions and I just tend to throw ingredients together (it is a hit and miss sometimes...). The recipe I’ve shared below is the results of many years of experimentation and ‘intuitive’ ingredient mixing. Fortunately, hummus is pretty fool proof and the recipe I’m sharing with you today will give you an incredibly tasty end product.  
 
I love pink hummus because the colour is so beautiful, it’s a great way to sneak in a highly nutritious vegetable that is otherwise not very popular and pink hummus is a always a crowd pleaser.
 
Hummus, a perfect food
I kid you not, I could eat hummus every day. It’s so tasty, there are so many different ways of preparing and eating it, I doubt that I would ever get bored!
 
On top of that, when eating hummus, I know I am getting a perfectly balanced snack (or meal, depending on how much I eat…). Here’s why:

1 cup of chickpeas contains 14.5g of protein 👍
Tahini/sesame seeds are a good source of calcium & iron
The lemon juice in hummus helps with digestion of the chickpeas
Cumin is an excellent source of iron & also helps with digestion of chickpeas (plus the flavour is 👌)
Hummus is very high in fiber which helps remove unwanted waste from our body
 
Beet these benefits
The red pigments in beets, betalains, are responsible for their high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
 
I personally love beets because they support our liver’s detoxification process, specifically the Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins from Phase I are bound to other molecules so they can be removed from the body (sayonara!). 
 
Beets are also known to help cleanse the blood of toxins, heavy metals, and other waste products.
 
Last but not least, the high fiber content in beets helps cleanse the digestive tract of waste and toxins while restoring healthy and regular bowel movements.
 
Alright, now to the real reason why we are all here:
This is my 85 year old grandmother who enjoyed hummus for the very first time this summer during our family reunion! Isn't she just the cutest?!? ❤️
Pink Hummus Recipe
For best results, use a food processor. I’ve made it in my Vitamix as well, any high-speed blender will work!
 
Ingredients:
-1 medium beet, raw (you guessed it, the secret ingredient responsible for the pink!)
-1 can (1 ¾ cup) chickpeas, mostly drained and rinsed (leave about ½ the water in the --can and add to mixture)
-3 cloves of garlic
-2 Tbsp tahini
-Juice of half a lemon
-¾ tsp cumin
-¼ tsp cayenne pepper
-¼ tsp powdered ginger
-Himalayan salt to taste (it needs a good dose)
-Black pepper
-2 Tbsp olive oil
 
Directions:
1. Add all ingredients except olive oil to food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
2, Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. More salt and lemon juice (I often use the juice of one whole lemon) often do the trick to bring out the bold flavours of hummus.
3.Place hummus in a bowl and pour the 2 tbsp of olive oil on it
4. Enjoy right away or store in fridge for up to 5 days (hummus never survives that long though).
 
Serve pink hummus with carrots, cucumber, peppers, on crackers or spread on bread.
If the beet flavour is too overpowering for you, don’t give up! Try adding a roasted beet next time.

Play around with the ingredients and adjust the portions as you see fit! Nothing is set in stone :) 
 
Enjoy your pink hummus and let me know how it turned out!

Big hug,
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