Hummus is a staple food in the Middle East and North Africa and a favorite dipp throughout the world. It’s made from mashed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and spices. Traditionally, hummus was served as a spread on pita bread and accompanied by raw vegetables. Today, hummus is often eaten as a snack or appetizer and used as a topping for grilled meats, poultry, fish, or vegetables.
To eat hummus as a snack, spread it on whole wheat bread or crackers, drizzle it with olive oil, or top it with your favorite salad greens. It will not only give you some protein but one of the best vegetable sources of protein because garbanzo beans contain almost all essential amino acids except for methionine and cystine.