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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Protein Protein Protein, we’re all told to eat it,  we know it is good for us and those of you that work with our coaches at Macclesfield Performance will know the reasons why it is such a vital macro-nutrient.  But where can you get it from?

So the most obvious places for most will be meats,  fish and dairy.  For some it may be shakes & supplements.  But what if none of these suit you?  What if you are allergic,  vegetarian, vegan or for religious or preference reasons choose not to consume these foods?

Is it possible to get all the protein you need without eating any of the options above?

The answer is… Yes.  You just have to be creative and do a bit of research if you’re really keen on getting it right!

For the most part those that consume meats,  fish and dairy on a daily basis will be on the right track to ensuring they have an at least “near-sufficient”,  if not more than sufficient,  intake of protein.  More importantly an intake of all the amino acids that these protein packed foods provide.  Those that are more physically active will benefit from higher amounts still and therefore assessment of protein requirements may be a good idea.  For arguments sake today and to keep things simpler however,  lets just say,  the majority that are consciously eating plenty of the above will probably for the most part be doing just fine.

So what about those that don’t consume the above food sources?  Well for starters,  there is no need for their protein intake to be hit and miss.  There are a wide variety of vegetables,  legumes,  seeds,  nuts,  nut butters and fruits etc that all contain great levels of protein.  Here’s a list of just  some  of the options you have.

Almonds,  Pumpkin Seeds,  Flax seeds,  Quinoa,  Edamame Beans,  Lentils,  Tofu,  Tahini,  Green Peas,  Kale,  Spinach,  Broccoli,  Asparagus,  Whole Grains, Green Beans,  Spirulina,  Chickpeas, Walnuts.

The list really is endless and the trick to ensuring that you manage to consume all of the essential amino acids that your body needs,  that it otherwise would get from meat.  Is to enjoy a variety of many different protein containing natural food sources and better still combine them.  Just as we have done today.

So for the Hummus lovers among us – Check out our latest recipe below…

Red Pepper Hummus

 INGREDIENTS

1 400g Tin of Chickpeas (drained & washed)

1 Red Bell Pepper

3 Tbs Tahini

1/2 Clove Crushed Garlic

Juice of 1 Fresh Lemon

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin

1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees

STEP ONE

Slice the pepper into eighths or quarters and remove all the seeds.
Place the pepper on a baking tray and pop it briefly in to the oven.  For roughly 10 minutes, until it starts to soften.

STEP TWO

Take pepper out of the oven and leave it to cool.

STEP THREE

Place all of the remaining ingredients along with the cooled roasted pepper into a food processor or high powered blender.  Blend on a low to medium speed until all of the ingredients are mixed together and you have thick paste.
This will be the perfect red pepper hummus! 🙂
If you like an extra kick, add some fresh chopped chilli to the ingredients for a hot and sweet hummus to die for!Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends via the tabs below and let us know how your version of it went by tagging us in to pictures of your creations on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.