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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. 

pregnant belly

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!

homemade hummus

Homemade Hummus

Prep Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ lb raw organic chickpeas
  • 5.3 ozs tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp salt

 

Hummus

Directions:

1. Soak the chickpeas in the water a day ahead.
2. Cook the chickpeas 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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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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