Chickpeas are a divine legume. Nutty and buttery they satisfy many of our taste sensations. They are a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in your digestive tract that captures your bile (which contains cholesterol) and ferries it out of the body. Research shows that insoluble fiber not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders. Combine this with luscious parsley and you have a bowl full of goodness!
Know your nutrients
Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too. It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function. However, the herb contains oxalates, which can cause problems for those with existing kidney and gall bladder problems. Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure. The folic acid in this herb is like a tonic for your heart. Use parsley daily, and you’ll feel relief from joint pain. That’s because the herb has anti-inflammatory properties. Amazing!
Square One Healthy Hummus
- 400g organic chickpeas (soaked)
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 handfull chopped parsley
- 1/2 lemon (juice)
- 1 teaspoon virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients in a food processor (or simply use your 'whiz stick') As chickpeas have been soaked already, they will be soft and easy to blend.
If you would like a Middle Eastern twist to your hummus simply add some a teaspoon of cumin to the mix before blending.
Once all blended pour into a bowl and serve with your favourite vegetables.