Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I was making myself a healthy salad for lunch that included hummus.  I love using hummus on sandwiches and on salad in place of mayonnaise and fatty dressings.  I am not fond of beans, really, so hummus is a tasty way for me to get in those legumes.  As I was making my salad I was thinking about a spring detox and how my spring mix resembled dandelion leaves.  It will soon be time to hunt young leaves to detox from winter.  I was adding green onions and wheat germ and all the things that can be used for digestive and parasite cleansing.  My son asked what it was in the little bowl I was holding.  I said, "hummus."  He said, "Hummicide!!" is his dramatic pre-teen way.  I laughed so hard.  It wasn't until I was eating the salad that I realized how true his funny little statement was. 
I honestly didn't know until five years or so ago that humans have parasites.  It had never occurred to me and the topic is so abominable that I won't even let myself think about it too much and I will not write in detail about this horrible plague on mammals, but I have done lots of research on the topic and began to include anti-parasitic foods into my family's regular diet shortly after hearing this information.  We have tried actual herbal parasite cleansing systems in the past, but I still try to include foods that are believed to eliminate parasites from the system. 
Parsley is one of the foods that help eliminate and prevent infection, so is garlic and coconut oil.  I use fresh parsley like greens in the summer when my garden is overflowing with tall parsley bunches that look more like bright green shrubs, I grow them so closely together.  The strong flavor takes a little getting used to but the added health benefits are worth it. 
My hummus is made from garbanzo beans and contains raw garlic.  Beans contain fiber which helps scrub the intestines clean which aids in parasite cleansing.  Garlic is a natural anti-parasitic food.  So, indeed, my lunch was a form of "hummicide" and now that I and my family will be spending more time outside with the weather warming up, more frequent forms of "hummicide" will help us stay bug free and healthy.

Hummicidal Salad
2 cups spring mix
1 whole tomato, large dice
3 T green bell pepper, small dice
1/4 green onions sliced thinly
1/2 c. fresh, Italian flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup hummus
3 T wheat germ

3 slices fresh pineapple on the side.