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Jessica Smith on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:00AM

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Supermarket Staple #44: Hummus

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a Jessica Smith on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:37PM

Why It's a Must Have: Hummus is a superstar in the world of dips, says Batayneh. Why? Made from protein and fiber filled chickpeas, the tahini it’s mixed with provides omega-3 fatty acids, and the combo of the two provides your body with vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, folic acid, manganese, and copper. And, since hummus has a low glycemic index, when paired with whole grain crackers or crudités it helps maintain stable blood sugar levels -- which could aid in weight loss. A study published in the journal Appetite found that participants who supplemented their diet with chickpeas consumed fewer snacks and calories overall and reported greater satiety, Batayneh explains.

Budget Bonus: Make your own hummus at home, recommends Batayneh. “It’s easy (you just need a blender) and you can control the ingredients and texture. On average, an 8 ounce container (or one cup) of hummus from the store costs about $3.99; homemade, one cup of hummus costs around $0.77 to prepare.”

Recipes to Try:

Hummus and Veg Pockets

Hummus and Tzatziki Platter

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