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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Pregnancy Super Food: Hummus! {Recipe}

What should you expect when you’re expecting? Easy ways to ensure you and your baby have a healthy diet packed with essential vitamins and nutrients while you’re pregnant. One super-food that provides major health benefits for a developing baby is hummus. 

Nanoosh Mediterranean Bars & Counters, an all-natural, organic quick-service chain in Manhattan, offers these facts about hummus for soon-to-be moms: 
  • Hummus is packed with Folic acid, which is essential for a healthy baby and helps in the development of the fetal brain and spine. 
  • Protein is an essential component in the creation of human cells, so it's a vital party of a healthy pregnancy diet. A woman’s protein intake should be increased by 10 grams a day and chickpeas are a great resource. 
  • Chickpeas also contain calcium which is one of the most important minerals you will need during pregnancy to assists with bone development. 
  • Your body’s need for iron doubles in order to help your baby make his or her entire blood supply. Hummus is a fantastic source of iron, which also helps prevent anemia. 
  • Vitamin C will help with tooth and bone development as well as the metabolic processes. Veggies and hummus make for a great snack during pregnancy.
Make your own!

Ingredients: 
  • 3/4 lb raw organic chickpea 
  • 1/3 lb tahini 
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • Salt 

Directions:

1. Soak the chickpea in water a day ahead.
2. Cook the chickpea in boiling water for approximately 2 hours. Strain and chill the chickpea.
3. Place the chickpea in a food processor and mix with tahini, lemon juice, salt and water. Process until smooth.
4. Taste and adjust to taste by adding lemon juice, water and/or salt.

Serve with pita bread, and healthy vegetables. 

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