Pumpkin hummus, oh yes! I’m a fan of hummus but don’t make it often enough! Truthfully, I don’t want to spend time soaking and properly preparing chickpeas, which is why I used Eden Organics canned chickpeas for this lovely Pumpkin Hummus. This is a delicious way to add more nutrition and volume to your hummus and if you’re like me, you’ll love the pumpkin pie flavour.
I know, more pumpkin? I told you, I am one of those obnoxious pumpkin lovers this time of year. For good reason though! It’s not only delicious but pumpkin’s loaded with beta carotene and fiber. To make this recipe even quicker, you can use canned pumpkin as well because I get it, you’re busy and don’t have time to cook elaborate meals.
I hear people say that they’re too busy to eat healthy way too often. I think that these people just don’t know how to cook and prepare whole food ingredients yet, as it doesn’t have to be time consuming. To save time, I do a bunch of prep and cooking on the weekends, so that I have food ready to go when I’m busy during the week.
I think it’s also important to look at your priorities and why you’re doing something. If you have health issues and want to feel better, or just prevent future health issues and promote health, then you need to make cooking and preparing whole foods a priority. End of story. Think of how you want to feel and live your life. If you’ve got fatigue, brain fog, memory issues, pain, or any other symptom dragging you down, can you live the life you want to? Can you still achieve your goals and be the person you want to be?
When you find your why, it will help make it easier to put changes into action. It will help make these changes sustainable. For me I don’t want to feel fatigued all the time. I want to have a healthy sex drive and little to no PMS symptoms. I want to be able to have the energy and stamina and strength to do the outdoor things I love, like backpacking, hiking and camping. I want to have the energy and focus to be able to build the business and life of my dreams. I may want to have a kid(s) someday, so I need to support my hormones and get them to a place where that is possible.
I also don’t want to go back to where I’ve been. I don’t want to feel the complete and utter exhaustion I had before. I don’t want to feel depressed, anxious and apathetic. I don’t want uncontrollable cravings. I like it when my digestion works well and I sleep well. I like it when my moods are stable and I have energy to exercise and move my body. I like feeling good!
This has turned into a bit of a deep post for a Pumpkin Hummus recipe but I think these are things we need to think of. We also shouldn’t strive for perfection or beat ourselves up when we go off route. One piece of cake won’t derail you and it might actually be more beneficial to eat the cake and enjoy the company then to stress over it.
Moderation and balance are words I used to hate in my orthorexic days, but now I live by them. The thing is, when I removed restrictions, I found I didn’t crave or desire the processed “junk” foods anymore. I love nourishing my body with foods that make me feel good and that includes homemade chocolate and treats, but on occasion I will still eat something more processed, usually in the form of something sweet. You have to find what works for you.
So without further ado, heres the Pumpkin Hummus recipe. Its quick and tasty, so enjoy!
- 2 cup chickpeas
- 1 cup pumpkin, pureed
- 2 tablespoon sunflower butter
- 2 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 3/4 teaspoon ginger
- Add ingredients to a food processor and process on high until pureed and smooth.
- Serve with a drizzle a maple syrup and fruit or vegetables.