Most people are familiar with hummus, but may not realize that one of the main ingredients is TAHINI, or ground sesame seed paste.This creamy concoction resembles other nut or seed butters in consistency, and has its very own nutritious properties.
- Rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron
- High in vitamin E and many B vitamins
- A good source of protein (3 grams per tablespoon)
- Easy to digest
- A great source of healthy fat, good for helping stabilize blood sugars and absorb fat soluble vitamins
If you are skeptical of tahini, we urge you to try it! Though a bit bland on its own, the beautiful thing about tahini is how many wonderful ways it can be used in recipes.
One of our favorite smoothies is made with tahini. Packed with protein (from protein powder and hemp seeds) as well as healthy fats (hemp, flax, tahini) it provides lasting satisfaction throughout the morning. If you know you are not a sesame seed fan, go ahead and substitute almond butter, cashew butter, or natural peanut butter. Play around with ingredients as you like. More smoothie starter ideas here: tackling-your-smoothie-fears.
Mocha-Tahini Smoothie HERE.
Tahini Bliss Balls HERE.
More great tahini recipes:
Red Pepper Hummus