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Healthy Carrot Hummus Recipe

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Updated May 28, 2012

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I always seem to end up with a few leftover carrots in my vegetable drawer -- and this quick carrot recipe ensures they don't go to waste. Plus, it taps into the health benefits of carrots. Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds, and pro-vitamin A carotenes, which help protect vision, especially night vision. Eating foods that are rich in carotenoids may also be beneficial to blood sugar regulation, as research has suggested that dietary intake of carotenoids may be inversely associated with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels. A 2 Tbsp serving provides 60 cals and 8 carbs.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 15-ounce can of chick-peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 large garlice clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

Boil carrots in just enough water to cover until fork-tender. Then place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill and serve with fresh vegetables, whole grain chips, or use in place of mayonnaise on a sandwich.

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