By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
This ‘nutritious and delicious’ fertility-friendly hummus is easy to make and so versatile. Dip your crudites in it, enjoy it as part of a meze or bbq, take it on a picnic, spread it on some sourdough, or enjoy dipped in some chilli-infused olive oil or spread it on some pitta!
Chickpeas are a great source of protein, folate, magnesium, and choline – all of which are very important nutrients when trying to conceive, combine these with lycopene and vitamin c from the tomato, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties from the basil, and vitamin c provided by the lemon along with the anti-inflammatory properties from the olive oil and you have yourself a fab fertility supporting dip!
Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 can of chickpeas (you may wish to use dried chickpeas but will need to soak them for a few hours first)
1 large ripe tomato
65 ml of extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon (juice and zest)
6 fresh basil leaves
3 tsp of tahini (sesame seed paste)
30-40 ml of water
Rinse the chickpeas and tip into a food processor with the olive oil and blitz until smooth. Add the tomato, basil, lemon, and tahini paste along with 30ml of water and blitz again. Add water as much as required until you achieve the required consistency. Enjoy!