WATCH – Why You Should Make Your Own Hummus

Today I accomplished a very important feat. I called out a very popular brand of hummus owned by Pepsi Co. who donated over 1.7 million against GMO labeling on a major NBC local news network, all while sharing one of my favorite recipes ever.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Watch it all unfold below in a live cooking segment on Charlotte Today

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Food Babe's Beet Hummus Collard Wraps
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Serves: 1
  • Beet Hummus Ingredients
  • 1 can of Eden Foods garbanzo beans
  • 2-3 tbsp organic tahini
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • juice of one orange
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 small beet chopped
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup (optional if you like it sweeter – but it really brings out the flavor)
  • Wrap & Toppings
  • 3 collard leaves with stem removed (see video for details)
  • avocado slices
  • pickles
  • raw sprouts
  1. Drain garbanzo beans and give them a quick rinse
  2. Combine all hummus ingredients except olive oil in food processor/blender and blend
  3. Once combined, scrape sides
  4. Start blending again and add olive oil slowing into mixture while it is blending
  5. Spread 3 tbsp of hummus onto collard leaves, top with avocado, pickles and sprouts
  6. Fold leaf and roll up, secure with a toothpick if making for take out or just eat!
  7. Refrigerate leftover hummus for up to 5-7 days
Makes 1 serving (plus beet hummus for 3-4 more servings)

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Garlic Roasted Vegetables with Lentils

Cruciferous vegetables are an absolute rock star of cancer fighting and something I eat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. My favorite way as you might have already imagined is kale – but lately I’ve been trying to diversify.

Considering the research that has come in about these type of vegetables and their protection against cancer…and the fact that 41% of us are destined to have the disease – there should be a campaign on the evening news every single night screaming “EAT Cauliflower! EAT Broccoli!” and so on… but alas…. that’s not how our society works, is it?

Holistic medicine and alternative prevention doctors all agree – eat cruciferous vegetables everyday and add protection – if not actual removal of the cancer cells that may already be in our bodies.

So that’s why I’ve been making a fabulous dinner lately that consists of the following combination:
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Day 2 – My Juicer Recommendations & Juice Fast Recap

Before I get started on the Day 2 Recap of my juice fast – Let’s talk juicers.

We have a Breville Juicer ($299) that looks like this (12/2011 Update – gave this juicer to my parents):

We have had this for approximately one year with absolutely no issues. The machine works perfectly – This is a centrifuge juicer – it spins vegetables until they separate into juice and pulp. I don’t want to hurt my juicers feelings – because it provides so much green love to me and my husband, however, I have noticed vegetable pulp in the waste bin is a tiny bit wet after juicing – you can solve this issue by using a cheese cloth or nut milk bag and squeezing the excess juice from the pulp. Other than that – This juicer has been perfect for us. It’s easy to clean and is mostly stainless steel and can be put occasionally in the dishwasher on the top shelf. I mostly hand wash it because I use it so often. We want to upgrade soon – but juicers are crazy expensive. I plan to give it to my parents when we do (shhh – don’t tell them)…
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Day 1 – The Juice Fast … (or is it Feast)!

Day 1 on the Juice Fast was pretty incredible. I don’t know why they call it “fasting” – because it is truly a JUICE FEAST! We are drinking so much juice – it’s surprising we haven’t turned into vegetables and starting growing kale out of our ears.

This fast has been much easier than I ever imagined with little to no major issues physically or mentally.  I can see myself doing one day juice fasts all the time.  You feel so light and energetic – this could be really addictive.

6am – When I got up in the morning, I had abundant energy.  I had hot water with lemon and cayenne and also some herbal green tea. I originally planned to do just a walk and some light yoga – but my energy was through the roof!  I said the hell with it and went for a run on the treadmill….

And then some stair monster for another 30 mins…


I ended up working out for 50 mins – definitely more than I planned and burning approximately 427 calories…

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Then I made our first batch of juice.  I call it Ravishing Red! This early morning energizer consisted of beets, carrots, apple, celery, cucumber ginger, and kale – The juicer made about 25 ounces which I split with my husband and we diluted it with water to have about 20 ounces each to drink through the morning.

8:30am –  I arrived at work and immediately started sipping….It took me about 45 mins to finish this breakfast.

Red Juice

9:45am – The office was FREEZING, I sit next to the vents, so this doesn’t help.  I needed to warm up – so I went for a cup of this new tea I bought this week.  It was delicious and the cinnamon definitely had a warming effect on my body.

Herbal Tea

10:30 – I noticed a funny texture on my teeth and taste….Not sure the reason, but a different feeling I wasn’t used to. I drank about 16 ounces of tea and another 8 ounces of water before lunch.

Noon – I had about 50 mins to make juice and head back to work.  It was super easy – because my husband was home for the day and had the juicer all cleaned and ready to juice!  I first made a batch of cranberry juice to store separately in the fridge.  This was going to be our go to drink if we felt low on energy. Mixing a couple of tablespoons with a big cup of water is amazing for reducing hunger pains. The cranberry juice also aids in detoxification!
Cranberry Juice

Bottle of about 10 ounces to use over the next day and a half.  I will make more on Sunday.

Cranberry Juice Done

Then I quickly washed up all the ingredients for the Kickin’ Kale Juice

Kickin Kale Juice

The juicer made about 15 ounces for each of us – I diluted this with water again and enjoyed sitting outside while reading a book drinking it in the sun!  I finished about half of it before it was time to get back to work.

Happy in the Sun

A lovely trombone player was near by.  It was an amazing lunch listening to his music while getting a glow from the sun and the green juice.

Trumbone Player

The afternoon went well at work – I was able to focus just fine.  It was weird not having a snack in the afternoon – I didn’t crave it either.

Someone even had doughnuts on their desk – it didn’t in the slightest bit tempt me.  I really believe the nutrition in the juice was giving my body what it truly needed to prevent any sort of craving. I didn’t feel the need to “chew” anything either.  I had abundant energy.

Drinking a huge water canteen filled with a few tablespoons of cranberry juice to occupy me, I didn’t need anymore tea – I think sitting in the sun earlier warmed me up pretty darn good!

When I left work at the end of the day, though, I forgot my purse!  Was this a symptom of the juice – memory loss? My energy was great, so walking back to work was no problem. I even came home and did a Power Pilates workout.


6pm – It was back to the juicer for more juice – It was time for some Rainbow Bite Juice!  I enjoyed it on the couch, again diluting it with water and sipped it slowly for an hour.

Happy on the couch

The rainbow chard, which is a member of the beet family has several colors in their stems – check out the juice separating into three layers….
Colors seperating

At night, my husband and I put on a movie – We were absolutely freezing on the couch. And the thermostat was up to 75! and we were still cold!  We immediately warmed up some tea.  This is one of my favorite new finds – Turmeric Ginger with hints of orange.

Rishi Tea

It’s loose leaf tea – you can see the quality in the big pieces of turmeric and ginger! Absolutely delicious and exactly what we needed.  However, we were still a bit cold.  I became quite delirious about 10:30 and had to stop the movie and immediately go bed.

On a side note, Shalini my sweet cousin sent me this article here today on how anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, garlic and ginger help prevent cancer. Even though I understand these research findings already – it’s energizing to read an article like this – it strengthens my resolve and pumps me up about the way I feed my body. Thank you Shalini!

Inside Tea

Overall day 1 was quite unexpected!  So happy to have 24 hours behind me with ease!  If you have other questions about my day or juicing in general feel free to ask away here or on my FB Wall – Please remember to Like my Fan Page if you like my blog!

Here’s to Juicing Joyfully!


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