I’ve got a riddle for you. What’s creamy, delicious, and packed with protein and fiber? Need a hint?

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Given that the title of this post gives away the answer, I’m guessing you didn’t really need that hint. 😉 It’s hummus!

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While this Mediterranean staple is most famous for adorning the beloved pita pocket, this healthy dip is actually incredibly versatile. It’s a great healthy substitute for things like mayonnaise on sandwiches. It’s the perfect base for a Mediterranean pizza. Ranch dressing? Forget about it! Hummus makes a heavenly high-protein dip for your raw veggies as well as a mean salad dressing when thinned out with lemon juice and/or vinegar.

But, before I get all Bubba on you from Forrest Gump, (“There’s pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp…”) let me cut to the chase and give you the recipe.

WHOLEistically Fit’s Traditional Hummus Recipe


  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces tahini sauce
  • Lemon juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dash of paprika
  • Salt, to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl, mash up the garbanzo beans with a fork
  • Add in the remaining ingredients to the bowl
  • Using an Immersion Hand Blender, blend the ingredients until they reach a smooth, creamy and uniform consistency
  • Garnish with additional olive oil, paprika, and fresh parsley if desired

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As you can see, this hummus is so quick and easy to make that anyone, and I mean anyone, can make it. Even better, not only is this stuff versatile in terms of what you can eat it with, it’s also versatile in and of itself. You can easily turn this into Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by, you guessed it, blending in a jar of sweet roasted red peppers. Or, try adding in some roasted garlic, chipotle, or sun-dried tomatoes. The possibilities are endless.

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So, think outside the pocket, let your imagination run wild, and for goodness’ sake (literally) eat some hummus.

Bon Appétit!

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Ali blogs at WHOLEistically Fit and is a NESTA Certified Personal Trainer with dual Masters Degrees in Social Work and International Human Rights. She’s pro-chocolate, anti-diet and believes that health is more than squats and veggies. When she’s not blogging, exercising, or cooking, she can be found having impromptu dance parties with her husband of 3 years, planning for big trips she may or may not ever take, and eating inordinate amounts of pickled ginger with her sushi. You can find her on Facebook at WholeisticallyFit and on Twitter at @WholeisticFit.