Last week Sprout Farmers Markets invited me to a Denver food blogger event at Hope Foods in Louisville, CO. I enjoy getting to know local and gluten-free brands – and networking with other Denver food bloggers – so I jumped at the chance to go. As a thank you for attending, Sprouts provided me with a grocery gift card and Hope Hummus loaded my bag with tons of hummus and guacamole samples. Yum!
I really enjoy hummus – but sometimes the store bought stuff can taste artificial and not so fresh. But not this hummus. There is nothing artificial about the hummus at Hope Foods. In fact, it was so fresh and savory that I couldn’t stop eating it! It almost tasted like I made it fresh at home that same day!
I learned something interesting that might account for Hope’s fresh taste. Instead of using high heat or preservatives to keep its hummus fresh and shelf-stable, Hope Foods uses High Pressure Processing (HPP), or extreme cold pressure, to preserve its hummus (similar to how green juices are kept fresh). The pressure ensures all bacteria is destroyed and that the product will stay fresh for a long time. It also means that only natural ingredients are packed in those spreadable tubs, and all the nutrients the delicious chickpea has to offer remains intact. Hummus makes a great snack because it’s fiber-rich, which can help improve digestive and gut health. (If you want to improve your gut health, read my post, “How I Healed My Gut After a Celiac Diagnosis.”)
Here is some other beautiful news. Hope Foods offers up a clean ingredient list. There are no weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. All products are certified gluten-free, which means you don’t have to worry about any gluten lurking in your hummus.
Another awesome fun-fact is that Hope Foods makes hummus in a variety of flavors – Red Pepper, Sriracha, Jalapeno Cilantro, Super Hemp, Spicy Avocado, Lemon Pepper, Kale Pesto, Kale Coconut Curry, and Original Recipe. No one can accuse Hope Hummus of being boring! I found most of these flavors in the refrigerated section at Sprouts – Sprouts gets a huge thumbs up for carrying such a great selection of these tubs of delicious joy!
You should note that Hope Foods also makes an organic dark chocolate hummus, which I sampled for the first time at the blogger event. This stuff is so good (and addictive!)! It tastes like brownie batter. I noticed that the chocolate hummus contains only 4 grams of sugar – so it’s a great way to enjoy a fiber-dense, low-sugar dessert (try dipping fruit in the chocolate hummus) without any guilt. (This is a much healthier dessert option when compared to brownies – and you get the same taste!)
At the blogger event, Hope Foods challenged me to create my own hummus recipes. I made both a savory (garlic, red pepper and lime) and sweet (snickerdoodle) hummus blend. I did a pretty good job – although I can’t take all the credit – Hope Foods provided me with a delicious hummus base to start.
I had a blast learning about Hope Foods and eating delicious, gluten-free hummus.
Thank you Sprouts for inviting me to join this exciting Denver food blogger event, and thank you to Hope Foods for being a gracious (and delicious) host!
P.S. I’m sampling the Lemon Pepper hummus in the picture below. It has just the right mix of lemon and pepper. Yum!
P.P.S. Hope Foods also makes green chili guacamole. I used it to top my chipotle turkey burgers the other day – check it out!