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Richmond Adventures with Sabra + Giveaway!

Hey guys! I’m back to share my recap from Richmond on Wednesday! I had the pleasure of spending the day at Sabra’s hummus headquarters. :)

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Before I get into the content, a big thank you to Sabra for having me, covering my expenses, and sponsoring this post. Also – have you guys ever tried hummus pizza?! This was so good – just replace the sauce and cheese with hummus! Fun way to mix things up. :)

hummus pizza

We arrived first thing on Wednesday morning and jumped right into some interesting presentations and activities to facilitate learning more about Sabra. I didn’t realize that Sabra’s CEO is a woman – cool! It was fun to hear from her at the start of the day before some of the ingredient/product experts took over.

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Fun facts:

  • Sabra is one of the largest domestic buyers of chickpeas in North America.
  • They use single variety of chickpeas grown in Idaho and Oregon.
  • Chickpeas are harvested in August/September.
  • Not all chickpeas are created equal, as you see below! They have to make sure they keep their chickpeas consistent so the flavor/texture of the hummus is consistent.

chickpea varieties

We also learned a lot about tahini, which is made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds. Sabra treats tahini tasting like a wine tasting – all tahini does not taste the same! It was interesting to try some more bitter variations vs. the smooth and creamy one that they use. Apparently some of the variance is due to not roasting the seeds properly – or not cleaning the seeds well enough, because any stems/debris can add to the bitterness.

tahini tasting

We also spent the morning learning more about Sabra’s Plants with Purpose program, which is a long term campaign they launched last summer to help alleviate the impact of food deserts in their community and around the country.

Richmond is apparently per capita one of the largest food deserts (meaning people do not have easy access to fresh food) in the country, so they are starting the work in their own backyard. Sabra has partnered with Renew Richmond, a local non-profit dedicated to urban agriculture in underserved Richmond, VA, communities, and together they have established an organic employee work-share garden on Sabra’s campus, as well as an additional garden at a local high school, with plans to continue to expand in the future.

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We got to check out the on-site Sabra garden and help plant some tomatoes – fun! The garden is mostly for employees, but they give away excess produce to those in need in the community as well. The high school garden sends the veggies home with the kids!

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There is a core group of volunteers who run the gardens and initiative, and today in honor of Earth Day (which is tomorrow), Sabra is having a “day of service” across the company. Those who want to are going to help build a greenhouse on site at the garden, so they will be able to grow year round! Employees are also always allowed to go out during work hours and participate in garden activities that need volunteers, which I thought was cool.

Another thing I thought was cool: they are currently working on putting together a cookbook featuring their hourly employees’ favorite family recipes featuring veggies! Love that.

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After getting our hands dirty, we refueled with some fresh juice that Sabra had brought in from an organic local juicery called The Pit and the Peel. Delicious – I went for the green one!

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Here I am enjoying the juice with some of the other bloggers on the trip. From left: me, Alyssa, Liz, Brittany, and Lauren. I loved seeing friends Liz and Brittany again and meeting Alyssa and Lauren!  

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After the juice break, we headed inside with a mission: to try to make our own commercially viable hummus! They split us up into groups of 3 and set us up with commercial hummus-making ingredients: pureed chickpeas, garlic, lemon, oil, tahini, salt, and citric acid.

homemade hummus

We weren’t given any measuring cups or spoons, so we winged it, which worked well for me – that’s my favorite way to cook anyway! :)

how to make homemade hummus

With only a few seconds to spare we plated our final masterpiece, adding some minced garlic on top for style points. ;)

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Our hummus was delicious, you guys, and we were SO SURE we were going to win the competition – but every group failed! Lol.

Sabra’s chef gave our hummus two thumbs up for taste and as a homemade/restaurant hummus, but for hummus to be commercially viable (aka for it not to go bad in like an hour), the pH by law must be below 4.6. The chef could literally taste the hummus and estimate the pH, and she said ours was probably about 5.2. Whoops! Should’ve added more of that acid! Guess we won’t be stealing her job anytime soon. ;) Also, fun fact – apparently the more you mix/blend hummus, the lighter it appears in color! Ours was a little darker since we didn’t go crazy on the processing!

hummus competition

After our chef adventures, we got to do some product sampling – I’ve tried almost all the Sabra products by this point but I didn’t hate trying them again. ;) Hummus = my favorite unofficial meal! Their guac is also really yummy.

Insider tip: apparently their lemon flavor is going to make a comeback by popular demand at some point – I’m glad, because that was one of my favorites! I’m also still crossing fingers that their organic hummus will be available near us soon – I believe it’s in Costco on the east coast, but we aren’t a member. Hoping it spreads to more stores soon!

sabra hummus tasting

p.s. These hummus + pretzel cups are still my true love – I got super obsessed with them when I was doing my hospital dietetic internship, and have loved them ever since! So convenient. :)

hummus pretzel cups

After our tasting, it was time for lunch! I’ve been to Sabra HQ once before and was really impressed with the food – and this time did not disappoint. Check out all this colorful veggie goodness!

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lunch at sabra headquarters

Beautiful presentation with the hummus, too – to make store-bought hummus look fancy and homemade when serving it to guests, just put it in a bowl, place some cooked whole chickpeas on top (preferably warm – it will gently heat the hummus), drizzle on some olive oil, and throw on a dash of paprika or red pepper. Et voila!

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Here’s my plate – a little of everything!

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We finished off the day with a presentation about the nutritional benefits of hummus. Hot tip: if you add 2 tablespoons of hummus to your life per day, it will equal 25g of fiber per week, thanks to 1 and 3/4 cups beans. Sweet! Hummus also boasts plant protein and iron. :)

And now, here’s a chance to get some Sabra goodness for yourself – a giveaway! One lucky fANNEtastic food reader will win a case of Sabra hummus AND a $50 gift card to use for dippers and toppings. :) Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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I will leave you with my favorite hummus-packed recipes and ideas from over the years. I’ll be sharing a new hummus recipe in a few weeks for National Hummus Day, too, so stay tuned!

Comments

  1. 1

    I love hummus with carrots.

  2. 2

    Yum I love hummus on a veggie sandwich. I’m so glad they’re bringing the lemon flavor back! That was my favorite

  3. 4

    I enjoy eating hummus with sweet potato chips or cucumbers. I like the traditional flavor of hummus.

  4. 5

    I love eating hummus with the flat pretzel
    Chips or raw veggies.

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    Beth Gipson says:

    I read your blog everyday, and while I don’t comment much at all, the first time I tried hummus and loved it was in your chili recipe! So that would definitely be my favorite way to eat it, but after reading your post, I would love to try so many more recipes with it!

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    Katherine says:

    My favorite way to eat hummus is on toast with roasted veggies on top for a sort of open-face sandwich!

  7. 9

    I loooove hummus. Last week for breakfast I was putting it on top of toast with tomato slices :)

  8. 10

    This may be weird, but I like it spread on a warm rice tortilla stuffed like a quesadilla. I don’t know if I’ve tried the lemon flavor of Sabra, but I’m not wild about a lot of lemon flavor in my hummus so I go for some other varieties!

  9. 11

    Nothing too creative here! Just love it with carrots for a snack or as a spread on a sandwich!

  10. 12

    I love it on sandwiches

  11. 13

    I love making baked hummus pizzas with pita bread, tomatoes, peppers and onions!

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    Courtney Bradley says:

    I make a hummus dip all the time as an appetizer- I just add kalamata olives, feta cheese, and hot sauce. Served with cucumber and pita chips!

  13. 16

    Fun adventure. I love the lemon hummus too- would be happy to see it come back!

  14. 17

    I love to spread it on a wrap and then add veggies and leftover grilled chicken!

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    Glennda P says:

    I love spreading hummus on a pita and popping it in the toaster oven for a few minutes to heat it up. Sometimes I’ll just eat it as is or maybe sprinkle on a little bit of feta.

  16. 19

    Hummus and veggies while I cook dinner is a must :) helps get the veggies in!

  17. 20

    I just love the Supremely Spicy with pita chips!

  18. 21

    LOVE Sabra hummus; it’s the only hummus I buy. My fave way to eat it is using whatever nearest at the vehicle to get in my belly (lol), but I love your Mexican hummus casserole and the queso hummus dip too! Gotta try it on pizza next.

  19. 22

    I like it on a wrap as a condiment. So good!

  20. 23

    I know this is weird, but I’ve tried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with hummus added to the peanut butter. And it was really good!

  21. 24

    The food on your trip looks amazing!

  22. 25

    I like to use hummus as a way to get myself to eat more vegetables; it’s so good to dip carrots, peppers, and cucumbers in!

  23. 26

    I so love hummus! Such a delicious food & one that is so versatile.

  24. 27

    I eat a single serving everyday for a snack, i pair it with some kind of veggie like cucumbers, or baby carrots.

  25. 28

    I’m so excited for the lemon flavor to comeback!! It is my 100% favorite. I usually rock my hummus as an afternoon snacks with pretzel chips and veggies like red peppers and cucumbers.

  26. 29

    I love hummus and pita chips!

  27. 30

    Hummus and flat bread :)

  28. 31

    i love hummus with raw veggies for a snack !

  29. 32

    Love hummus! It’s a staple in my diet. And Sabra is such a cool company! That’s awesome they provided this experience for you all!

  30. 33

    I LOVE Sabra! My favorite is definitely the pine nut flavor. I love chopping up olives and roasted peppers and putting on top to make store bought look like homemade. It adds a little salt and becomes a dip or spread for a sandwich. Thanks!

  31. 34

    I’m currently snacking on veggies and the organic Sabra hummus that I bought at Costco. I had no idea it wasn’t available else where. I love using it as a dip, a spread on sandwiches, or to dress salads or grain bowls. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. 35

    I love hummus pita or veggies but now I want to try that hummus pizza idea!!

  33. 36

    I’ve never seen the lemon hummus in Texas but would LOVE to try it!

  34. 37

    I love making an egg salad with hummus and avocado (sounds kinda weird but its awesome!)

  35. 38

    This looks like such a fun trip! I had no idea Sabra was headquartered in Richmond – so close to DC (weekend roadtrip perhaps… with hummus to snack on!). I love hummus in all forms, but made one with roasted butternut squash recently that was delicious! Also great with some za’atar and fresh parsley sprinkled on top.

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    Heather F says:

    I am pretty basic. I like hummus with bell peppers!

  37. 40

    My go to lunch lately has been a whole wheat wrap with hummus and vegetables – yummy, healthy and filling!

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    Tara Soraghan says:

    I like it with veggies and pita…boring but so good! Haven’t tried everything pizza yet but definitely will!

  39. 42

    Spread on bagels!

  40. 43

    I love hummus on sandwiches as well as with pretzels!! As a college student, I live off Sabra’s hummus and pretzels snack pack to get me through the afternoon slump!!

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    Lauren B says:

    I am very simple… hummus and pretzels! cant beat it.

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    Jackie Kilroy says:

    I love hummus with a little hot sauce on an egg sandwich!

  43. 46

    Favorite ways to eat hummus include your hummus queso, and on salads and burgers! The burger option may be a little unique but I definitely am interested in learning of more ways to use hummus!

  44. 47

    My 2 year old is obsessed with hummus and carrots. Such a healthy snack, especially when he eats cheese and carbs for many meals :)

  45. 48

    On grainy toast with sauerkraut!

  46. 49

    I love hummus pizza!

  47. 50

    I love hummus with grilled cheese.

  48. 51

    Love it simply with raw veggies or some of the veggie chip/crackers out there – the beet ones come to mind!

  49. 52

    I love grilled hummus and cheese sandwiches! Lemon is also one of my favorites!

  50. 53

    Hummus thinned out with some liquid (water or lemon juice) and used as a salad dressing

  51. 54

    I love hummus on warm pita!

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    Charlotte says:

    I love it on my salads!

  53. 56

    Olive tappenade hummus with carrots!

  54. 57

    Hummus and veggies are one of my favorite snacks! I’ve also started making veggie and huummus wraps as a way to cut down on meat!

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    Michele Cupp says:

    I love to eat my hummus on sea salt pita chips.

  56. 59

    I like making turkey roll-ups: a couple of slices of applegate farms turkey, a smear of hummus, a slice of red pepper and roll the turkey around the pepper and hummus. A couple of those make a yummy portable lunch.

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    Allison D. says:

    Nothing revolutionary, but love hummus on wraps with lots of veggies and a little basalmic vinegar.

  58. 61

    I love dipping veggies w hummus. not rocket science but delish.

  59. 62

    I LOVE hummus! Especially good with pita chips and veggies. And awesome on wraps!

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    Caroline says:

    Hummus and carrot sticks is my go-to

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    Jessica C says:

    I have been having it on a wrap this week- soo good!

  62. 65

    On toast with salsa as a snack. Love it.

  63. 66

    Ah hummus. I’m reintroducing it (and other yummy legumes) into my diet after three (!) years of a rather restrictive paleo-esque diet. Dang delicious on just about everything….

  64. 67

    I love it with sugar snap peas. It’s also really good on an english muffin with melted swiss cheese. And it is a MUST HAVE with morningstar veggie burgers!

  65. 68

    I eat hummus with vegetables or with potato chips.

  66. 69

    I love the lemon hummus, so glad it is coming back. Looks like an awesome trip!

  67. 70

    Sounds like a fun trip! Hummus is such a go-to snack of mine! I love of all Sabra’s flavors– I loved the lemon too!

  68. 71

    I love hummus with rice crackers

  69. 72

    neat trip! thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

  70. 73

    I love veggies dipped in hummus :) Never gets old to me!

  71. 74

    My favorite way to eat hummus is in a bowl with grains, greens, and protein! I usually add cheese too and microwave everything, then add hummus on top and mix it all up! It basically melts and acts as a dressing! Sometimes I’ll eat with a fork and sometimes I just use chips!

  72. 75

    I love hummus-and can eat it out of the container. Spicier the better for me!

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    Laura Boge says:

    I like it with everything! My 1 year old likes to dip his fingers in it!!!

  74. 77

    I love dipping veggies in Sabra hummus, and my kids do too!

  75. 78

    Not very exciting, but I like it as a sandwich spread or with raw veggies.

  76. 79

    Um, with a fork?? Ha. I just love hummus!! And it is the only thing that gets my one year old to eat veggies. My fav thing is an idea I stole from Chocolate Covered Katie – pizza hummus!! You blend it with tomato sauce, garlic and nutritional yeast and it is SO GOOD!!

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    Mollie K says:

    I love hummus on salads as a salad dressing or on toast with a hard boiled egg and avocado.

  78. 81

    I’m boring and prefer my hummus served up with baby carrots and whole wheat pita!

  79. 82

    i love to make a mediterranean 7 layer dip with hummus, feta, cukes, tomatoes, olives,red peppers, instead of the traditional mexican version.

  80. 83

    I use it to make chicken salad (instead of mayo). Yum!

  81. 84

    I love it in my salad.

  82. 85

    My favorite way to eat hummus is with toasted pita bread! So good :)

  83. 86

    I love eating hummus in salads!

  84. 87

    I love eating hummus with a spoon :)

  85. 88

    I use hummus on everything! In salads, on sandwiches, for my daughter’s school lunch, on a spoon. Sabra hummus is one of the best!

  86. 89

    I love hummus on sandwiches!

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    Annmarie says:

    Hummus with veggies is a classic. I also smother many sandwiches with it!

  88. 91

    I love putting it on a sandwich. Just adds a little oomph

  89. 92

    Hummus and carrots is my fav!

  90. 93

    If there’s one thing I always need in my fridge it’s hummus!

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    Kelly M. says:

    I eat it in savory oatmeal, with boiled eggs (in lieu of mayo in egg salad), and with tuna!

  92. 95

    I love it with carrots or with chips!

  93. 96

    I love eating hummus with pita chips and of course veggies!

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    Stephanie says:

    I love mixing in a scoop of hummus in my scrambled eggs right before they’re finished cooking. The hummus gets slightly warm and adds a creamy texture.

  95. 98

    I love hummus on a wheat wrap with turkey, lettuce and pickles! I also love, love, love their pretzel & hummus cups!

  96. 99

    My favorite way to eat hummus is with pretzels! I have never tried the Sabra hummus cups, so I must give them a try soon.

  97. 100

    I love hummus and cheese quesadillas. The hummus makes it extra creamy.

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    In a wrap with cucumbers, spinach, and tomatoes.

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    I love it with pita chips, carrots, and Tzatziki.

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    I love it with carrots, and mixed with tuna.

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    Broccoli

  102. 105

    I love hummus on sandwiches, wraps, and with veggies!

  103. 106

    I love it with homemade pita chips sprinkled with za’atar spice blend.

  104. 107

    I love Sabra hummus, and I would say my favorite way to use it is in a grilled wrap.

  105. 108

    I’m simply, I love eating carrots and hummus :)

  106. 109

    Hummus with pretzels and also on eggs!

  107. 110

    I love making hummus quesadillas! (sometimes with just hummus on a tortilla, sometimes with some cheese added too) I’m so excited that lemon hummus is coming back! I found another brand at my grocery store that makes a lemon lime version but it is so expensive and not very good so I finally gave up and stopped buy it to stick to Sabra.

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    I love spreading it on a toasted sandwich. Yum!

  109. 112

    i like to eat hummus with pretzel thins!

  110. 113

    My favorite way to have hummus is with my homemade flatbreads, using different grains and seeds.

  111. 114

    I love hummus with veggies or on toast with a fried egg. yummmmmm

  112. 115

    I like to bake whitefish with hummus and tahini on top – it’s really amazing!

  113. 116

    I like to made crudités plates for lunch with radishes, carrots, celery, cucumber, hummus and tuna or chicken salad. Olive hummus is my fav. Can be hard to find though!

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    MaryBeth says:

    I actually make your creamy chicken chili recipe at least twice a month (and have passed along the recipe to my mom and brother… we are all huge fans of that dish!). I love how the hummus makes the soup creamy!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Hummus with sliced cucumbers!

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    ashley d says:

    usually with baby carrots. my toddlers love hummus

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    My favorite way is the boring way… with fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and cauliflower. But I also sometime mix in salsa if I’m feeling frisky!

  118. 121

    love the classic way…hummus with veggies or pretzels as dippers!

  119. 122

    There’s no wrong way to eat hummus! Current favorite is as a spread on wraps.

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    greentopiaries says:

    I usually just eat my hummus on Wasa crispbreads with a little salsa. Easy and delicious! Thanks for the chance! :)

  121. 124

    obviously i love veg and hummus and hummus on wraps, but I’m so obsessed with hummus on rice cakes!

  122. 125

    Lately I’ve been really into mixing it into my salads-though I love the idea of hummus pizzas!

  123. 126

    I love it with carrots or spread on a chicken pita sandwich.

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    Susan Christy says:

    I like hummus with pita chips and veggies.

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    Nothing creative, just veggies dipped in hummus!

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