The Elixir of Longevity

This recipe for homemade hummus without oil should definitely be part of your elixir of longevity!

hummus without oilNow that we’re all several weeks in to our New Year’s resolutions, we know we could stand to shed a few more pounds, maybe we think we’re eating healthy but we just got rocked in a recent 5k by someone 10 or 20 years our elder who maybe even looked less healthy. Why is it that eating a moderate and balanced diet works well for some people, but others are stuck in a rut and just can’t lose that last 10 lbs?

I am excited to share what I believe is the secret to longevity…the true fountain of youth we’ve all be waiting for. It’s the dirty little secret that America’s largest food manufacturers don’t want you to know about: whole foods. While mainstream America continues to navigate the angry sea of ingredients we can’t pronounce, what we need to remember is that the ingredients essential to life itself are not found listed on a box. That primal wind that fuels the power and mystery of birth, the horror of disease, and the miraculous biochemical process of metabolism can only be found growing in the ground of nature itself. Remember, plants build themselves out of water, minerals and air, using the sun as their energy source. Out of these simple building blocks, plants synthesize an incredible amount of different molecules, vitamins, and phytochemicals. Often we think of building up our immune system during the cold and flu season, supplementing with Vitamin C, but really if we’ve focused on building up our immune system throughout the year with plant-based foods, then our immunity shines through during the cold and flu season, and we are among those who seem to escape those nasty virus’ when others are making countless trips to the doctor.

While many people believe that balance and moderation is the practical solution to complex dieting, eating a plant-based diet takes that practicality one step further. Plant-based foods include not only lettuces and greens, but all vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. Years of empirical evidence has been recorded and proven to maximize health through both food and exercise routines, but what is the real secret to longevity the largest food manufacturers in our country don’t want you to know about? It is really quite simple: stop eating food that comes in a box and start eating plant-based foods that grow from the ground. This seems obvious, but for many of us, convenience wins out over health. With game day fast approaching, one easy way to incorporate plant-foods is to dip your vegetables into an easy homemade hummus instead of sour cream and a packet of ranch dressing. The hummus packs a powerful punch of both flavor and nutrients by eliminating the oil. I encourage you to look into eating plant-based foods as an interesting and individualized way to not only achieve your ideal weight, but to feel better and more balanced, leading to a healthier, happier you! Happy New Year!

Easy & Nutritious Homemade Hummus
1/2 lb chic peas (rinsed and soaked or rinsed well if using a can)
1 small vidalia onion, chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
2 tbsp brags liquid aminos (found near the soy sauce)
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
cold water

Saute onion in the braggs (and a few splashes of water to prevent sticking) until translucent, adding garlic at the very end as you turn down the heat. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree to desired consistency. You can also add sautéed bell pepper or even jalapeño to give it a kick. Spread the hummus on flatbread or crustini and top with sliced cucumber, or serve with vegetables as a dip. This article was adapted for and printed in the Reading Eagle newspaper.

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