Hummus Recipe - Better Brain Health
Dr. Amen’s Top Recipe for Better Brain Health
Hummus isn’t just a great appetizer—it’s also a great food to boost your brain health. Olive oil is a top source of oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that helps keep brain cells healthy. Chickpeas are smart carbohydrates that help boost serotonin levels. “Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps soothe the brain. It is intimately involved in sleep, mood regulation, appetite and social engagement. It helps decrease our worries and concerns,” says Amen.
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 teaspoon olive oil
2 2/3 tablespoon parsley
1/6 teaspoon ground oregano, dried
1/6 clove garlic
1/3 medium scallions (green onion)
2 2/3 tablespoon water
1/6 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1. In a food processor, puree together chickpeas, lemon juice, water and olive oil.
2. Stir in chopped fresh parsley, chopped green onions and oregano.
3. Stir in garlic.
4. Serve as an appetizer or snack with raw veggies or use in a low carb wrap with cherry tomatoes and avocado slivers.
Nutritional Info: Calories 70; fat 2.1 grams; sodium 128 milligrams; carbohydrates 11.1 grams; protein 2.5 grams; fiber 2.4 grams