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24 Heavenly Hummus Recipes for Your Next Gathering

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/17/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  11 comments   :  373 views

When it comes to dips, sauces and spreads, you'd be hard-pressed to find one as hardworking as hummus.

With its roots in the Middle East, this popular condiment is made from a blend of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame seeds), lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. Yummy, yes—but it's way more than just a palate pleaser: Hummus is packed with protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals, serving as a great nutrient-booster for vegetarian and vegan diets. Plus, its ingredients have been shown to fight inflammation, promote good digestive health, reduce heart disease risk and keep blood sugar within healthy levels.

As if that's not reason enough to leave the French onion and queso dips in the dust, hummus' high fiber and protein content helps to curb appetite and speed up metabolism, meaning it could give weight-loss efforts a serious boost.

And when it comes to versatility, this spread steals the show. Hummus wears many hats, each more delicious than the last. Whether you're hosting a Mexican fiesta, get giddy over garlic or need a splash of color for a holiday tabletop, there's a hummus for that. Whatever you're dipping—veggie chips, raw veggies, whole-wheat crackers, pita bread or just your spoon—go beyond the basics with one of these inventive variations.
 
1. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: When it comes to healthy snack options, this savory hummus hits all the right buttons. Use it as a sandwich spread or delicious dip.


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2. Hummus Guacamole Dip: This crowd-pleasing version is made from spinach, avocado and cannellini beans.



3. Edamame Hummus: This light, vegetarian hummus is perfect to use as a dip or to spread on sandwiches.


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4. Black-Eyed Pea Hummus: Creamy, easy and good for you, this recipe stays true to the taste of hummus, but with a terrific twist.


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5. Baba Ganoush Hummus: Try this creamy and delicious hybrid between eggplant dip and the classic chickpea hummus.


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6. Spicy Cilantro Hummus: For lime lovers who like a little kick with their hummus.



7. Instant Pot Hummus: This simple, no-fuss hummus pairs perfectly with crisp veggies or pita chips.


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8. Paleo Sweet Pea No-Bean Hummus: This healthy appetizer is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.


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9. Eggplant Hummus: Similar to baba ganoush, this Indian-inspired dip gets any dinner party off to a zesty start.



10. Greek Layered Hummus: This easy recipe uses premade hummus for a quick, easy and flavorful snack.


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11. Pumpkin Hummus with Spiced Lamb: Pumpkin adds beautiful, rich color and extra fiber, vitamins and minerals to hummus that is topped with a spiced lamb mince.


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12. Avocado Hummus: Creamier than hummus and tastier than avocado, this easy dip combines the best of both for a delicious snack or great party idea.


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13. Classic Hummus: This classic recipe is quick and easy to make, smooth and creamy, perfect for dipping or spreading, and tastes fresh and flavorful.


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14. Black Bean Hummus: A delicious alternative to traditional chickpea hummus, this dip is great with raw vegetables, crackers or tortilla chips or makes a great sandwich spread.


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15. Hummus With Peanut Butter: No tahini on hand? Throw in some peanut butter for a sweeter, nuttier flavor.



16. Southwestern Hummus With Pico de Gallo and Charred Corn: Topped with an easy, fresh pico de gallo and charred corn for a fun and tasty appetizer.


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17. Spicy Hummus Queso Dip: This creamy and delicious hummus-based dip makes the perfect healthier tailgating appetizer.


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18. Sun-Dried Tomato and Jalapeno Hummus: Basic hummus is made more interesting with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and sliced jalapeno peppers.



19. Carrot Hummus: Serve this light, refreshing hummus with fresh slices of red and yellow peppers, cauliflower, celery or pita chips for a healthy and flavorful snack.


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20. Toasted Walnut Hummus: No sesame seeds on hand? Try using walnuts instead.



21. Holiday Hummus: Roasted red pepper hummus gets dressed up with chopped cucumber and feta cheese for an easy, but fancy, holiday-themed appetizer.


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22. Lemon Avocado Hummus Recipe: Blending hummus and guacamole, it makes a great sandwich spread, yummy appetizer or an afternoon snack with crackers and veggies.


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23. Banana Hummus: Combine a ripe banana with the traditional flavors of hummus for a delicious and unique spread.



24. Pumpkin Bean Dip: Packed with protein from the beans and nutrients from the pumpkin, this fun fall dip is sure to be a huge hit at parties.


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Spark Spotlight: Rhea (RheaElizabeth)

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10/15/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  30 comments   :  5,185 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.
 
This Week's Spotlight: Rhea (RheaElizabeth)
Age: 73
Location: Somonauk, Illinois
 
Small Success of the Week
 
Rhea is a role model for getting fit at any age. In fact, she recently finished her first official 5K race with a first-place win in the 70 and over age group. But she doesn't want to stop there—she wants to lose weight and get as fit as she can and isn't letting anything stop her.

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50 Workout Songs Straight From Our Members' Playlists

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10/10/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  32 comments   :  6,439 views

We've all been there: You're only halfway through your workout, and you feel the fatigue setting in. Your lungs are working overtime, your muscles are begging for a break and you're starting to bargain with yourself: "I'll just call it quits now and eat a little less at dinner," you think. And then, just as you're about to stop the treadmill, put the weights back in the rack or cut your run short, it happens.
 
That song comes on.

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Nola Lost 50 Pounds with a Positive Attitude and a Smile

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10/9/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  35 comments   :  9,433 views

"My first piece of advice is to smile more. You will feel better about yourself because a smile helps keep you positive."

Working on a farm, Nola (NOLAHORSERIDER) was used to days filled with chores like unloading hay, cutting tree limbs and fixing fences. As she gained weight, those chores became increasingly difficult. She recalls using rash cream where her skin would rub just so that she could mow the pastures. These difficulties, combined with inspiration from her sister who lost weight, gave Nola the push she needed to begin her weight-loss journey.

Nola joined SparkPeople in 2014 and lost almost 40 pounds in six months. She was proud of herself, had more energy and her clothes were too big. But the celebration was short-lived as the weight started to creep back on. "I got lazy," Nola recalls. "I stopped doing the things I did to lose the weight to begin with. I stopped tracking my food, was eating out too often and fell back into old habits. It took two years for the weight to return, but eventually I regained almost 30 of the 40 pounds I'd lost. I was ashamed and disheartened."

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SparkCoach: Own Your Day With Our New Feature!

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10/8/2018  10:00:00 AM   :  88 comments   :  12,362 views

We're very excited to share with you a new feature that's been in the works for quite some time—SparkCoach! A virtual planner and so much more, SparkCoach is designed to help you prioritize your day, reach goals in all areas of life and make changes that will be sustainable for a lifetime. Much more than just reading information, SparkCoach will lead you through an easy-to-follow, 28-day program, coaching you through the steps that will allow you to become the best version of yourself. Best of all, these new features are all part of the FREE SparkPeople Program available to any member on the site.

For new members, this program will show prominently as a checklist on your Start page; existing members can turn on the feature by clicking on "Account/Email Preferences" at the top left of your Start page and scrolling down to the box that says "Use New Start Page with SparkCoach". You can switch back and forth at any time, so there's no downside to checking it out!

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SparkSpotlight: Jillian (JILLIAN48)

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10/8/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  41 comments   :  7,204 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.
 
This Week's Spotlight: Jillian (JILLIAN48)
Age: 39
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
Small Success of the Week
 
Jillian recently discovered that she could fit into a size XL shirt again. She has held on to the shirt for the past eight years and has barely been able to wear it because it has been too tight and uncomfortable. Now when she puts on the shirt, not only does it fit, but it has room to spare!  

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