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Oh hummus, without you what would we slather in our sandwiches and use crackers as a vehicle for?

Hummus has been an ever-growing food trend over the past decade or so, and it's now a staple on our shopping lists. 

Luckily, it's also extremely good for us, and is full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. 


Thanks to the fact that hummus is made up mostly of chickpeas, it's a great plant-based source of iron. 

Many people who switch to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle are warned about the perils of an iron deficiency, but as long as you're consuming enough iron-rich plant sources, you'll be all G. 

'In addition, chickpeas contain a bit of vitamin C, which aids in the absorption of plant-based iron,' nutritionist Shara Vickers told Medical Daily.

'This is how consuming chickpeas could benefit someone with anaemia.'

It's also a protein rich food, and can keep us feeling fuller for longer. 

Despite the tired notion that only meat is full of protein, there are a number of plant-based recipes with a high protein content – hummus being one of them. 

If you're trying to cut down on processed animal fats, you can also use the thick spread as a substitute for butter or mayonnaise. 

Seriously, hummus and avocado stuffed into a toasted bap is our new favourite super-quick lunch. 

As well as being a healthy product in itself, many companies are now experimenting with new flavours and types of hummus, adding yet more healthy ingredients like tahini sesame spread, beetroot and jalepenos.

As if we needed an excuse to eat more hummus…


Is there anything better then a really ridiculous quiz to break up the day? No. 

So without further ado, take this quiz – and find out who your future husband is, based on your various hummus opinions. 



Hummus is something we generally chow down on when we're getting our health buzz on, so major meltdowns are being had at SHEmazing! HQ today now that dessert hummus has taken a step forward.

Brought to us by Makenzie Marzluff – the founder of Delighted By – dessert hummus comes in a variety of delicious flavours including brownie batter, chocolate chip cookie dough and orange ginger, and is…wait for it…all natural.

According to the Delighted By website, Makenzie's team pride themselves on quality ingredients, saying: "Of course we refuse to use animal products, gluten, preservatives or GMOs. But what truly sets Delighted By apart is our mission to expand beyond just the nutritional component of our hummus."


1) Put this image on your Saturday shopping list. 2) Remember, that whatever you're here for, you are on time. #WEAREONTIME

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Not only suitable for vegans and those going gluten-free, Dessert Hummus is the creation of someone 'delighted by hummus' who just wants to spread her glitter all over the world. (Her words, not ours.)

"I heard a message loud and clear that my purpose is to spread my glitter," Makenzie says. "In other words, be the Light that I am. It doesn't matter what I'm doing necessarily, but that I simply show up – and bring my presence, my light, to the world."


I'm going to love you with my arms behind my back because I'm going to love you HEART FORWARD.

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"The night after hearing this simple but enlightening message, I was blissfully making my dessert hummus. I knew in that moment that this was how I was going to spread my glitter. The next day I quit my job and dove in heart first…..Delighted By was born."

Right now it's only available in the States, so it looks like we have something to add to our list the next time we go Stateside.




Hurrah for pumpkins! The giant veg have now hit supermarkets, getting us oh-so excited for Halloween.

But just WHAT should we do with the leftover sticky, sweet mess of orange flesh and that tough, waxy exterior? Because all too often it all just ends up in the bin come November 1.

Fear not! There are actually loads of different things you can do with your spooky pumpkin once Halloween concludes.

Here, SHEmazing! rounds up our favourites tricks…


1) In the kitchen:

Pumpkin fries are a delicious, healthier-alternative to their potato counterparts:

  • Cut the flesh into thick chips 1-2cm thick.
  • Wash and pat dry with kitchen roll before transferring to a bowl.
  • Sprinkle generously with salt and leave aside to draw out any excess water.
  • Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Lightly drizzle with a vegetable oil of your choice.
  • Bake at 200C for 40 minutes before serving immediately.


Roasted pumpkin hummus is a welcomed twist:

  • Cut the pumpkin flesh into cubes, drizzle with vegetable oil and bake on parchment paper for 35/40 minutes at 200C.
  • When cooled, add to a food processor. Top with a can of drained chickpeas, two cloves of garlic, two tablespoons of lemon juice and ground cumin to taste.
  • When the motor is running, add in about 60mls of virgin olive oil.
  • Remove and dress with chopped parsley and black pepper before serving.


2) In the bathroom:

Make a pumpkin spice body spruce to banish dry, rough skin as we head into the winter months:

  • Take a mixing bowl and add in 400g of brown sugar, 100g of white sugar and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, nutmeg or clove. Mix together.
  • Gradually add in 100mls of almond or coconut oil until you have a damp, solid mass.
  • Transfer to a re-sealable jar and keep in the fridge for up to eight weeks.
  • Apply with exfoliating gloves to clean skin while in the shower and rinse afterwards.


3) In the water:

The more ambitious individual might fancy fashioning their giant pumpkin into a boat: a pumpkinfest in Maine in the US runs an annual water-based competition with participants racing in hollowed out pumpkins.

This year’s event, the 10th pumkin boat regatta, kicked off last week and will run until Monday. But don’t worry – the 2016 festival is already earmarked for 12 months’ time.


4) In the living room:

Painted pumpkin seeds can be dried out and used to create gorgeous Christmas tree decorations:

  • Wash the seeds, dry thoroughly and then toast on a low heat in the oven for 10 minutes. Leave these to sit overnight.
  • Take some cardboard and cut into Christmas tree shapes. Next glue the dried seeds to the template, with the pointed end facing downward to create a pinecone effect.
  • Allow the glue to dry before applying green, red, silver or gold spray-paint.
  • Finish with glitter or top with ribbons to hang from the tree.


5) In the party spirit:

Pumpkin-infused vodka or gin is a delightful as a seasonal liquor or in cocktails:

  • Dry roast pumpkin cubes on parchment paper for around 25/30minutes.
  • Decant 750mls of vodka or gin into a re-sealable jar and then add the pumpkin cubes, along with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Allow to sit for three weeks in a cool, dark place.
  • Strain out the liquid through a cheese cloth so you’re left with a clear, orange infusion.
  • Keep in the fridge and serve on its own or as part of a cocktail.


6) In the garden:

Simply rough chop any remaining pumpkin and work it into garden soil to act as a fertiliser. And why not sow your own for next year’s festivities?

Plant in late April in a greenhouse, conservatory or even on a window sill indoors, before transferring outside in late May or early June. Be careful not to over-water but use plenty of compost. Watch out for hungry slugs and snails too.



Do you tend to eat on the go? Indulge in endless amounts of coffee (on an empty stomach), or tuck into treats while you're at your desk in work? 

If you're guilty of any of these, it's okay, because most people who work in offices are. 

There's a lot of working lunches, pastries and endless coffee runs, which over time can really effect your overall health. 

But it's not all doom and glum as there are really easy ways to turn your office snacking into healthy habits!


Many people still don't realise how important it is to have breakfast in the morning. 

But if you're always in a rush, (we know how good an extra five minutes in bed can be), then homemade granola is your best option. 

Choose your favourite nuts, seeds and grains and store them in an air tight container. This way they will be ready for you each morning. 

And if that's still cutting you tight for time, use the granola mix to whip up some granola bars at the weekend (they will keep in the fridge for a week). Perfect for when you're running for the bus with half your coat on and your hair not even brushed yet!



There's no point telling yourself you won't snack during the day, because you will; especially if you're office neighbour is crunching down on some biscuits. 

To help curb the unhealthy cravings, hummus is a godsend. When you feel the office munchies coming on, enjoy hummus with a few carrots, celery sticks or toasted pitta bread and your hunger stay at bay until lunch.

And if you really want to step it up a notch, try making your own hummus with this easy recipe

Fruit is another obvious office munch. It's always handy to keep a back of berries or grapes to snack on during the day. Nuts are great too as they're full of fibre and will help keep your energy levels up in the long run. 



We know a salad is the healthiest option to have for lunch, but on some days, it just doesn't cut it. When them days strike, opt for quinoa. Quinoa is great because it's super healthy and it absorbs so much flavour into the meal. 

But if you really want to go all out for lunch, try a mason jar meal. Not only will they keep for ages due to their super-tight lid, they are super easy to make up and store; so all you have to do is grab the jar before you run out the door to work! 



There’s one thing that we actually hate about the summer season; the bikini bod diets.

It feels like we’re inundated with the latest burn fat fast trends from January all the way through to September and while we love being fit and healthy, we also love Nutella.

Saying good bye to our favourite chocolate treats can be tough, but it’s all done in the name of health.

Deciding to cut out excess junk food is never easy, but finding healthier replacements can help ease the way for you. It's tempting to reach for the biscuit tin when that dreading afternoon slump hits, but now you can have something much healthier without sacrificing taste.

Hummus and crackers anyone? The Irish people have become obsessed with this protein filled snack as of late, and we think this might be taking it one step further. If you're one of the few who thought the spread didn’t seem so appealing we think we may have found the solution.

Chocolate flavoured hummus.


Get crazy this weekend and #dip your popcorn in some dark chocolate. Sweet & Salty Heaven.

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Yes, it does sound bizarre, but reviews are excellent and apparently it’s one of the more tasty chocolate replacements out there. Yay! All of the flavour and none of the nasties that can totally derails your healthy eating plan.


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Natural food company Hope Foods make the delicious spread which is also gluten and dairy free. There’s even a coconut flavour and they use all organic ingredients.

We’re keen to try it considering that it looks an awful lot like chocolate mousse, and that’s a big winner around these parts.


This hummus recipe is not only super simple, but delicious and healthy too.

Add more Tabasco for an extra kick!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ripe avocado, cut in half, skin and stone removed
  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1-2 lemons, juice only
  • ½ tsp Tabasco
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Sea salt,  to taste

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Transfer the avocado hummus to a bowl and cover with cling film.
  3. Chill in the fridge for one hour.

This simple dinner will take minutes to put together and it tastes so good.

Get ready to become a falafel fanatic!

Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food and are served in pita or flatbread.

For this version, we have served the falafel in a salad, but it is equally delicious in a pita if you prefer!

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 red chilli
  • Handful of coriander
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Hummus (optional)

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor or use a hand blender to mix but don’t overdo it.
  2. Heat up a frying pan with 1-2 tbsp of oil and shape the mixture into small balls or even burger shape if you like.
  3. Fry either side until golden brown and heated through.
  4. Serve on a bed of salad with some olives and hummus.