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HUMMUS LABS: Where Nutella Hummus And Shawarma Nachos Are The Delectable Stars

The first thing that might come to mind when one hears “Nutella Hummus” is a wacky dessert spinoff of the classic dip, likely perched atop a Trader Joe’s or health store fridge shelf.

At Hummus Labs in Pasadena, however, chef and owner Joseph Badaro is giving the sweet treat a serious flavor punch while holding true to the traditions of the original dish.

It’s definitely the most eye-catching on name, and even Lebanese Foodbeast Marc, who walked in to Hummus Labs wary, found himself surprised and delighted by what this Nutella hummus had to offer.

The Nutella Hummus also comes with cinnamon sugar pita chips, cut and fried daily by the Hummus Labs team for a snackable experience that elevates both hummus and dessert.

For Badaro, hummus is the canvas on which he can brush creative flavors into, and Nutella is just one of the many varieties he has in his arsenal.

He’s got a whole cavalcade of savory spins on the chickpea paste as well, with Cilantro Jalapeño, Tomato Habanero, and Beet Dill just some of the unique takes on offer. You can grab one, or a pack of four, alongside a bag of savory pita chips spiced with sumac and more.

What doesn’t change between flavors is how the base paste is made, and for that, Badaro sticks to tradition. He soaks the chickpeas overnight, boils them, and grinds them down himself every single day.

The hummus menu rotates daily, but the ultimate goal for Badaro is to be the “quintessential hummus sales” in Los Angeles and beyond.

Badaro isn’t settling for just being known for hummus, however. He’s also making spins on other Middle Eastern classics. His shawarma nachos, for example, are a treat that has social media clamoring.

Made from pita chips, filet mignon (or chicken) spiced and cooked down with tomatoes, tahini, and a hummus or dip of your choice, it’s unlike any nachos or shawarma meal you’ve tried before. We went with filet and spicy labne above, but going for other options like chicken and a healthy scoop of toum (fresh garlic paste) is just as flavorsome.

Badaro has hinted at even more fun creations coming down the line, and is always taking input from his customers on what to cook up next. His wizardry in the hummus and Mediterranean food game makes the “Labs” part of his restaurant’s name quite fitting.

To check out the full story on Badaro and Hummus Labs, peep the full Foodbeast video on the restaurant at the top of this story.

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Grocery What's New

These STUFFED FALAFEL Makers Just Scored A Massive Deal On ‘Shark Tank’

A start-up brand making falafels that come stuffed with various fillings is also one of the more recent winners of a big deal on “Shark Tank.”

The success story comes from TaDah Foods, who make a product called “Falafel Poppers” filled with dips like hummus and yogurt. Featured recently on the season 11 premiere of Shark Tank, they came home with a $500,000 contract for 25% equity from KIND owner Daniel Lubetzky.

TaDah isn’t just making novel products out of falafels, however, as they’re exemplifying what it means to undertake social entrepreneurship. As a way to give back, 25% of their profits go to social change organizations.

Foodbeast just got the chance to try the Falafel Poppers for themselves. They’re pretty easy to reheat and enjoy, and the different fillings, especially the cucumber dill yogurt, are packed with flavor. They also come at a pretty affordable price, with a pack of 8 coming in at a suggested retail price of $4.99.

For those wanting to try these unique stuffed snacks, the Falafel Poppers are at stores like Kroger, Wegmans, and Whole Foods.

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Health

9 Unexpectedly High-Calorie Health Foods & What You Can Do To Burn Them Off

It seems the consensus is that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise appear to be the key to one’s well being. Gotta make sure to jot that down in my Trapper Keeper.

While introducing health foods to your diet is a good thing, there’s definitely a limit to how much of some health foods you should actually consume. A bag of mixed nuts and dried fruit can clock in at nearly 700 calories (almost half the allotted calories for a day’s worth of food).

Budget Direct Health Insurance created an infographic that highlights nine healthy, albeit high-calorie, foods. Not only does it show you which health foods are a clown car full of calories, but it also offers methods to work off those calories while getting stuff done around the house.

Each food features a daily activity and the length of time it will take doing that activity to burn those calories.

Check out the infographic below. At the very least, you’ll be able to see what health foods to enjoy in moderation and which chores burn off the most calories. Keep in mind these are just approximations and you can still totally go to the gym.

How much daily activity you need to burn off 9 healthy (but high-calorie) foods

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Restaurants Sweets What's New

Eggnog Hummus Now Exists And We’re Just As Curious As You Are

In my mind, eggnog and hummus are definitely not two things one would pair together at first. However, somebody has decided to make eggnog hummus as a dessert item, and we’re high-key curious in seeing what it’s like.

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Photo courtesy of The Hummus & Pita Co.

NYC-based The Hummus & Pita Co. has rolled out the eggnog hummus to their three locations as an addition to their dessert hummus lineup. It’s made with chickpeas, almond butter, oatmeal, and homemade eggnog. There’s also rum-spiked options of the wondrous dessert available. Options for foods to dip into the hummus include cinnamon pita chips, strawberries, and bananas.

Dessert hummus in general has been making headlines recently, as Delighted By, who sells it to grocery stores like Whole Foods, recently pitched their product on Shark Tank. Hummus & Pita’s eggnog version of this new novelty is a curious holiday addition to the dessert hummus lineup, and one we’re eager to try to see what it’s really like.

Those just as interested as us in trying the eggnog hummus out should stop by Hummus & Pita locations by December 31st.

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Grocery Health News Packaged Food Products

Target And Walmart Are Getting Some Hummus Recalled, Check Your Fridges

If you’ve bought certain hummus products from Walmart or Target recently, check your fridges. The container in your fridge may be getting recalled for potentially containing Listeria.

House of Thaller, a company that distributes various brands of hummus to Walmart, Target, HEB, and other grocery stores, recently issued a recall for three products that contained pine nuts contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The three products are Fresh Foods Market “Artisan Hummus With Pine Nuts,” Lantana “White Bean Hummus With Pine Nut Topping,” and Marketside “Classic Hummus With Pine Nuts.” Marketside, coincidentally, is a signature brand for Walmart products. No other products from those brands are being affected by the recall.

Listeria monocytogenes, which has shown up in hummus products before, can cause food-borne poisoning symptoms ranging from diarrhea to meningitis and is the third-deadliest food pathogen in the country. It affects elderly, infant, and sicker populations more readily, and is known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Fortunately, no illnesses have yet to be reported from this particular hummus recall.

To be safe, however, if you do have one of the three aforementioned hummus products, check this FDA list of product codes and expiration dates and see if the label matches up to the hummus you’ve got in your fridge. If it does, you should refrain from eating it and call the House of Thaller Customer Service Center, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST at 855-215-5142, as soon as you possibly can.

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Cravings

Hot Guys Eating Hummus Will Make You Hungry For More Than Just A Snack

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If there’s one thing the Internet never seems to get sick of, it’s hot guys.

From hot dudes with dogs and men drinking coffee to hot, geeky guys reading on the subway — it seems like there’s a “hot dudes” Instagram account for basically anything you can think of nowadays.

A while back, we gave you a glimpse of a glorious Instagram account that paired hot dudes with their delicious doppelgängers.

If seeing all those stud muffins alongside their spirit snacks made you seriously drool, I have some good news for you.

Apparently, Hot Dudes And Food isn’t the only eye-candy account on social media that will make you seriously hungry.

Yep, we just came across another heavenly account that combines a bunch of dreamy dudes with one of your favorite spreadable snacks.

Behold, Hot Dudes And Hummus.

Yep, that’s right. Some evil genius just made an awesome Instagram account that features all sorts of smokin’ hot Israeli men eating this delectable dip in a variety of different settings, and I must say, this might just be the best thing that’s happened on Instagram all week.

I mean, seriously, what’s not to love about a hot, shirtless man enjoying some chips and dip?

Take a look at the pictures below to see this epic Instagram account.

If you’re searching for something to get you through that mid-week slump…

…look no further.

We just found an irresistible Instagram account that will give you all the feels…

…and probably make you pretty hungry, to boot!

Feast your eyes on Hot Dudes And Hummus.

As the name implies, this tantalizing account features all sorts of blessed babes…

…eating some hummus that looks just as delicious as they do.

This account has something for everyone, whether you prefer your hummus at home…

Straight out of the container…


Spread out on the hood of your car…

…or hot, spicy and shirtless, of course!

You can double dip in my hummus any day, babe.

Written by Kaylin Pound, Elite Daily

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Sweets

Apparently Chocolate Hummus Is A Thing, And Here’s What We Think About It

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Photo by Maddie Stein

Just like any devoted foodie, I have a rule to never turn down free food. I also consider myself a rather adventurous eater, so you can imagine the excitement I felt when I overheard the peppy voice of a Whole Foods employee ask, “would you like a chocolate hummus sample?”

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Photo by Maddie Stein

I’m sorry…..did you just say chocolate hummus? Despite my confusion/disbelief/skepticism, I knew this was something I needed to try. And boy am I glad I did. I was absolutely blown away by the flavor (and apparently so was my mother, who ended up putting three containers in our cart).

With the decadence of Nutella, but only one-third the calories and sugar content, Hope Foods’ Dark Chocolate Spread should be a staple in any health-conscious chocolate-lover’s diet. In addition to organic cocoa powder and garbanzo beans, this delectable dip is infused with coconut sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, and espresso, meaning every bite packs a flavor punch.

Although I never would have expected this to be a winning combo, I was truly impressed (possibly because the dominant taste is the rich dark chocolate…no complaints there). Excellent dipping vehicles include pretzels, crackers, cookies, and fruit, but eating the spread by the spoonful is equally encouraged if that’s your style.

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Photo by Maddie Stein

Apparently Hope Foods isn’t the only one utilizing this bold ingredient pairing. Self Magazine produced a list of other chocolate-chickpea products and Pinterest has been swimming with recipes such as Dark Chocolate Chickpea BrowniesGarbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Cookies.

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Photo courtesy of theroastedroot.net

It’s time to throw your caution to the wind and give this dynamic duo a try; your tastebuds will thank you.

Craving some more interesting food combos? These articles have got you covered.

Written by Maddie Stein of Spoon University

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Products

Trader Joe’s Continues Their Hummus Innovation: BEET HUMMUS Y’all

TJ-Beet-HummusTrader Joe’s has added a new Beet Hummus to their grocery line-up. Surprisingly not a product from Nickelodeon’s beloved cartoon Doug.

The Middle Eastern dish is made with chickpeas colored red and purple. It’s blended with beet juice, canola oil, garlic, olive oil, tahini, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, spearmint and other spices. The hummus is topped with extra beet chunks to complete the experience.

Patrons can find the Beet Hummus at their local Trader Joe’s location. Each seven-ounce tub goes for $2.29.