2012’s Trendiest Health Foods

Edamame Hummus
This year, be on the lookout for new, interesting varieties of hummus. Chickpeas (the traditional base for this Middle Eastern dip) are old news; now, innovative varieties made with edamame, lentils, and white beans are stealing the show. Edamame (young, green soybeans) are extremely rich in protein and fiber, a dynamic duo of nutrients that curbs appetite. Pair a scoop of edamame hummus with plenty of veggies for dipping and you’ll have a filling, energizing snack that will stave off hunger for hours. If your local store doesn’t yet carry packaged edamame hummus, it’s super simple to whip up a batch at home: In a food processor combine 2 cups frozen shelled edamame (thawed), ¼ cup water, ¼ cup tahini (sesame-seed paste), ¼ cup rice vinegar, and 1 clove garlic (minced) until smooth. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.