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Smokey Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus

This sweet n gently spicy twist on the traditional hummus recipe is a delicious way to reduce your sugar cravings, increase your intake of calcium, and take in vital phytoestrogens, protein and healthy fats. It's fabulous for everyone, but especially beneficial for women going through #perimenopause and #menopause. Why?

Hormonal fluctuations, and poor sleep (in itself, a common symptom of hormonal changes), can leave us feeling fatigued, and most of us grab for some sugar and/or caffeine to boost our energy to get through the day, but these two foods wreak havoc on our hormones and have been shown to increase symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and palpitations (some of the 34 associated symptoms with this time of transition in our lives as women) so we're worsening the hormonal roller coaster effect

Sweet potatoes, and other sweet root veg (think beets, carrots etc) can help to reduce our sugar cravings. They can also help aid #digestion , support #skinhealth and reduce #inflammation. They're a fantastic source of Vit A and Vit C (crucial for boosting our immune health) and have a hefty dose of dietary fibre and potassium

Chick Peas are an excellent source of #phytoestrogens which are plant based foods that mimic our own body's oestrogens, but in a gentler form. Other great sources are flaxseeds, fermented soy products like tempeh, tamari, edamame beans, and pomegranate, lentils and beans. They're also a great source of iron and protein. Getting enough protein helps keep blood sugar levels even throughout the day, which really helps to reduce carb cravings, as well as fatigue

Tahini (sesame seed paste) is a valuable source of #calcium. It may surprise you to know that you reach peak bone density in your late 20s! After that, you start losing bone mass. 1 in 2 women will develop #osteoporosis as a result of menopause so it's never too early to start upping your intake of calcium. Tahini supports skin, bone and muscle health. Other sources are dark green leafy veg like broccoli, kale, spinach ; fortified non-dairy milks, organic tofu, tempeh, sardines and dairy

Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the best sources of #essentialfattyacids. Eating more healthy fats helps our brain function (bye bye brain fog), reduces #inflammation, and promotes great skin health. PLUS did you know that eating more healthy fats helps you #loseweight? Avoid vegetable oils (such as sunflower, rapeseed etc) as they tend to increase inflammation, go for cold pressed olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil instead. Other great sources of fat to include every day are nuts, seeds, avocados and olives.

I LOVE this hummus with crunchy raw veg. It's also fab as a snack spread on cucumber slices, or crackers. It makes a super nutritious add in to your salads, as a side with dinner, or in a salad stuffed wholemeal pitta



2 medium sweet potatoes

3 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

1 carton organic chick peas, or 2 cups cooked chick peas

3 tablespoons tahini

Zest of a lemon

Juice of a lemon (you may like to add more or less to your own taste, I like more)

1 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp ground cumin

Sea Salt / Pink Salt to taste


Preheat oven to 180c. Bake the sweet potatoes for 45 mins to an hour. They should yield to a gentle squeeze when they are done. Leave the potatoes to cool

Place all the other ingredients into a food processor and blend together

Once the sweet potatoes have cooled, peel off the skins (they usually just come off easily using your fingers) Chop up roughly and add to the food processor

Blend the mixture to your preferred consistency (some people like a grainy hummus, others a more smooth finish). If it's too thick, you could add a little water

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge. It tastes even better a day after making as all the spices and flavours have absorbed more. Can keep for a few days

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