Why Non-GMO, Organic and BPA Free?
I’ve recently been paying more attention to labels on food. Unlike most people who attempt to be healthy by looking at the calories on food packaging- I look at how products are made.
Having food that is labeled as Non-GMO, Organic, even BPA Free is so so so so important. I used to think that it wasn’t, and it was just another way to watch my money disappear. News flash: I was wrong. 100% wrong. Non-GMO and Organic guarantees that what you put into your body is good for you.
Food that does not have these labels contains carcinogens and are genetically modified.
You wouldn’t want to feed your child something that would give them cancer or make them sick. So why would you do that to yourself?
Hummus and the EWG
I recently discovered this amazing website called the EWG, or The Environmental Working Group. It is a non-profit that is dedicated to informing consumers about what is in food, beauty, and household products.
The website even has a database in which you can search your favorite foods. I searched the hummus I normally buy…and was shocked. It scored badly. Like, really bad. This also frustrated me. Here I was, thinking I was eating something that was good, and healthy for me.
Immediately, I decided that I needed to make my own hummus. No way was I eating a supposedly healthy food that was labeled as “high processing concern.”
Not only is it ridiculously easy to make your own hummus, it also tastes a million times better than the hummus you find at the grocery store. And I am not just saying that- it’s true! It tastes lighter and airier.
- 15 oz can of chickpeas
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- 3 tbsp of tahini
- Freshly squeezed lemon
- Smoked Paprika to taste
- 1 clove of garlic
- Kosher salt to taste
Drain chickpeas. Save 2 tbsp of the water from the can. Add chickpeas, the saved 2 tbsp, olive oil and tahini to a food processor. (I just used my Ninja!)
Squeeze half a large lemon (or an entire small lemon) into the mixture. If you want more lemon taste, use the entire lemon. Add garlic, a few pinches of salt and paprika.
Once mixed, go ahead and taste it. Add more salt if needed, or more paprika.
The beauty about hummus is that you can play around with all the ingredients. If you want your hummus spicy, throw a jalapeno in there! If you prefer your hummus runnier, like Mediterranean hummus, add some extra olive oil. 🙂
Optional: Sprinkle with paprika when you are ready to serve it. I keep my hummus in the fridge all week, and it keeps.