This guest post is by IFBC19 sponsor Sabra and their partner nutritionists
Do you have certain words that are like music to your ears? One of my favorite words is, “toast”. In fact, it’s not just the word that I like, because if I could bottle the aroma of toast (hot out of the toaster), I’d wear its perfume every day!
The Goodness of Hummus
Avocado toast has been all the rage on Instagram and on our plates, but it’s time to get ready for a new hot trend: hummus toast! Yes, this thick, nutrient rich spread is coming to a piece of toast near you…and here’s why you’ll want to add some to your cart on the next trip to the supermarket. A 3.5 ounce of hummus provides;
- Plant-based proteins are on fire these days and hummus is proud to be a member of this category. This serving provides almost 8 grams of protein — equivalent in protein to about an ounce of chicken or one egg. This is especially attractive to those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
- Most of us don’t get enough fiber and this amount supplies a whopping 6 grams of fiber.
- A diet rich in legumes, like the chickpeas in hummus, has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and lower risks of heart disease.
- It’s free from common food allergens like gluten, nuts and dairy yet it’s full of flavor. You can find hummus on supermarket shelves in a variety of flavors to meet your particular desires.
- It’s a magnet for veggies and whole grains! Who doesn’t like to dunk? You can dip a medley of crispy veggies or whole grain pita into hummus to make a perfect after school snack for the kids or a filling afternoon snack at work.
- Hummus is so versatile and can be eaten on toast for breakfast, as a dressing on your lunchtime salad, as a snack in the afternoon or as a sauce on your main dish at dinner.
How to Enjoy Hummus Toast
Here are a few easy, delicious ways to elevate your bread and make a toast to hummus toast with the help of a few perfect partners. Pictured you’ll find:
- whole grain toast with alternating slices of tomato, cucumber and avocado topped with a sprinkle of a Mediterranean or Moroccan blend seasoning
- multigrain toast with dried cranberries and a medley of chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, pistachio and walnuts) and a drizzle of honey
- grainy toast, hummus, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, a few curls of parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of pignoli nuts.
- whole grain toast with a sliced red tomato, thinly sliced avocado and black and white sesame seeds
BONNIE TAUB-DIX, MA,RDN,CDN is the award-winning author of, Read It Before You Eat It, and creator of the website and blog called, BetterThanDieting.com