Love this one, because I love hummus. And with a cold crunchy cucumber who can beat it.
Hummus is a natural, vegan food that can easily be a part of virtually any diet. Chickpeas, are an excellent source of fiber that digest slowly and keep blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly, making them ideal for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. Combined with rice or whole grains, they provide a complete protein. Chickpeas also contain molybdenum, a trace mineral that helps the body detoxify sulfites, as well as iron and manganese, which are essential for healthy blood and high energy.
Chickpeas are relatively low in fat, but the presence of olive oil boosts the fat content in hummus. Olive oil, however, is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type that is heart healthy. Thus, not only does olive oil contribute its unique flavor to hummus, but it also imparts significant health benefits relative to creamy or other high-fat alternatives.
1/2 sliced cucumber
3 Tablespoons hummus
98 calories, 4g fiber, 5g protein 4g fat