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  • Writer's pictureDawn Hames

White Bean Dip

If you love hummus, you may just fall in love with this creamy dip as well. I know I have. White kidney beans are also known as cannellini beans. White kidney beans, lemon, garlic, olive oil and this recipe are a part of a healthy Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world, reducing heart disease, and increasing overall health. It includes lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, extra virgin olive oil, herbs, spices, fish, and seafood. The diet has in moderation chicken, eggs, and dairy. The Mediterranean diet uses red meat only occasionally and limits or eliminates refined sugar and processed food.

White beans are full of healthy healthy fiber and antioxidants. Kidney beans are a protein-fiber combo that helps stabilize blood sugar. Beans are a low glycemic food that is high in fiber and eating them can aid in weight loss. A diet with adequate fiber lowers blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of both heart disease and colon cancer. The fiber in beans can provide you with digestive health by providing the nutrients needed for the development of the good bacteria in the lower digestive tract. Tahini is made of ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds contain significant amounts of important phytosterols that also help reduce blood cholesterol and enhance the immune system to help prevent certain cancers. Garlic is anti-inflammatory and assists the body in detoxing the body of heavy metals. Garlic boosts immunity and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The citrate found in lemon helps prevent and dissolve kidney stones. Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C. When you are done making this dip, you can use the lemon rinds to make a healthy lemon tea, with just hot water and lemon. The compounds in the lemon peel are full of bioactive compounds that aid in cancer prevention.

As you can see, this dip is full of healthy benefits. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

White Bean Dip

1 can of white kidney beans (drained

and rinsed)

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup tahini

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup water

Juice of one lemon

1 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend into a smooth and creamy texture. Serve as a dip with your favorite vegetables, crackers, pita bread or chips. Delish.

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