"Rooted" Hummus

This sweet and savory hummus dish is a definite crowd pleaser. Who doesn't like pink food? I've been co-teaching a workshop series based on the chakra systems (energy centers in the body which govern various aspects of our health and well-being), and have focused one section on nutrition for each individual chakra. Red and high-protein foods are great for the first chakra, called the muladhara or "root," which is our center of survival, stability, safety and self-preservation. So if you're feeling ungrounded, or just want to try a different spin on this Mediterranean staple, toss some roasted beets in with your chickpeas for a stabilizing and delicious snack.

Ingredients:

1 15-ounce can chickpeas (or soak and cook your own 2 medium skinned, roasted or boiled beets (*though roasted yields a richer flavor) 2 cloves roasted garlic, or 1 tsp. garlic powder 2 tbs. tahini or homemade nut or seed butter Juice of one lemon 3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil 1 drop doTerra lemon essential oil Salt to taste

*optional: serve with fresh chopped herbs, crumbled goat cheese, and fresh cracked black pepper over flatbread or skinny crackers.

Method:

Once cooked and cooled, combine the garlic and beets in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 8 to 10 times to chop.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor bowl and process for approximately 30 seconds.

Add a smidge more olive oil if the hummus feels too dry, scrape the bowl and process again until it is the desired consistency.

Add salt to taste.

Serve with other root vegetables, crackers or the crudite of your choice. Enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

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Benefits:

Beet: A great source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. They are also an excellent source of folate, which is a crucial nutrient especially for those who are (or are looking to get) pregnant. They are also very high in manganese and fiber. These root veggies contain nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information (raw) (cooked).

Garbanzo Beans: Also known as "chickpeas," these beans are particularly high in insoluble fiber, which means you have a squeaky clean colon and feel fuller for longer when eating these legumes. They are also extremely high in lots of nutrients such as manganese, folate, and tryptophan. They are a great source of plant-based protein. If you find legumes make you gassy, try pre-soaking them for easier digestion. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.  Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Garlic: Garlic has long been touted as a health promoting food. It is high in sulfur (and while that might make us a little, ahem, stinky, this may be an important part of a our otherwise sulfur-deficient diets. Garlic is also rich with manganese and is a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as selenium. This "stinky rose" also protects our blood vessels from inflammatory and oxidative stress, but its other health benefits abound. See here for nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system, and promote a sense of well-being. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Sesame Seeds: (Found in tahini) These  little seeds are packed with essential nutrients such as copper, manganese, tryptophan, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phospherous, and zinc. They're also a good source of vitamin B1 and dietary fiber. Great to sprinkle to any meal for an added boost of nutrients! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.