Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds (basically, the sesame seed version of peanut or almond butter) and is full of copper, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, B1, selenium, fiber, and protein. You’ve probably read about it as an ingredient in hummus, but didn’t realize that, not only is it awesome for your health, but it’s delicious in so many more recipes.
So first, HOW DO I USE TAHINI?
Like many nut butters, it goes with both sweet and savory flavors. It adds a subtle nutty and bitter flavor, and brings a yummy creamy textures to sauces, dips, and spreads. I use it in all my hummus dips, in my detox-friendly zucchini dip, babaganoush, almost all my salad dressings, and various other sauces. But also, I find it works amazing as a great nut-free spread on toast, with a touch of cinnamon and honey to make it a delicious breakfast or a snack.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF TAHINI?
- HEALTHY FATS. Tahini is a great source of healthy fats; it's made up of essential fatty acids, those vital healthy fats that can help lower inflammation, promote brain health, and boost nutrient absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin E, which helps stop free radical damage in its tracks. Plus, the oil from sesame seeds is a natural antibacterial which can encourage a healthy gut and glowing skin!
- FIBER. The high content of fiber, combined with the healthy fats and minerals in Tahini, help promote regular digestion and elimination (key for getting rid of toxins and maintaining a healthy weight, and more!).
- IRON. Tahini is a good source of iron, which is often a concern for vegans and vegetarians, as plant-based sources are harder to come by. Iron helps boost immunity and energy levels, and good iron levels can improve the quality of skin, hair, and nails, keeping them strong and healthy.
- ZINC. Sesame seeds are rich in zinc, which is great for acne. It helps repair tissue damage and is a building block of collagen, which helps keep our skin strong and youthful. Want even more zinc? Mix with some pumpkin seeds!
I personally love Tahini because it’s great for my digestion, my skin, and similar in properties (and uses) to nut butters, but I find it a bit lighter, easier to digest, and admittedly, less addictive than my cashew or almond butters.
Not sure where to get started? Add a table spoon to your salad dressings, to any dip, and/or try one of my recipes below!
HERE ARE 4 OF MY FAVORITE RECIPES WITH TAHINI
- ZUCCHINI DIP
- LEMON TAHINI DRESSING
- TURMERIC DRESSING