Plus: Five Surprising Benefits of Tahini (GreenMenInfo)

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., P.Tr.
Nov – Dec 2023 • Vol 4, No 7

Tahini Veggie Dip
Lemon-Tahini Recipe for Dips, Sauces or Salad Dressing • Oil Free!

Dunk your veggies in this awesomeness, drizzle it in your wraps, or pour it on your salad! Add extra water at the end until you reach desired consistency. Add the water 1 tbsp at a time. Can take an extra 1/2 cup to get it right. Blend all ingredients until smooth—and enjoy! (Keep leftovers for up to 7 days.)

  • 1–2 T. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water (see liquid options)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 dash cayenne

Options:

  • Liquids (be creative!): Olive juice (green/ black), cilantro/ lime juice, mustard w/ pickle juice, sauerkraut juice, ume vinegar, garbanzo bean juice, steamed-veggie juice.
  • 1 t. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • Lemon juice w/ dill, basil/oregano, turmeric, lemon balm.
  • Blend mustard with maple syrup or honey

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Coconut/Tahini Halva!
Vegan • Gluten-Free • Grain-Free • Dairy-Free

Take your ingredients and throw them in the blender. Then pour them in a pan and chill. Can’t get much easier than that! I love that it keeps things on the raw side, since I usually make my tahini with sesame seeds.

  • 2 T. coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/8–1/4 c. liquid sweetener of your choice (I use maple syrup.)
  • 1/2 c. seeds (raw or toasted) or 1/4 c. Tahini
  • 1/2–3/4 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1–3 t. vanilla extract (or to taste)
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.
  2. Pour into a glass pan lined with parchment paper and smooth.
  3. Freeze until solid (30–60 min.), then cut into squares & enjoy!
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer.

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5 Surprising Benefits of Tahini
Sayer Ji’s GreenMedInfo.com • GreenMedInfo Research Group

Tahini is a superstar in hummus, but that’s not its only claim to fame. It’s also a veritable superfood. Learn the secret behind tahini’s numerous health benefits.

Tahini, made from toasted, ground sesame seeds, is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidant lignans, vitamins and minerals. Its rich, earthy and slightly nutty flavor is a mainstay in traditional hummus recipes, but both tahini and the sesame seeds from which it’s made have been enjoyed for hundreds of years.

Tahini is so versatile it can be mixed with lemon juice and salt and used as a dip for raw veggies. You can blend it with olive oil and apple cider vinegar to make a tasty salad dressing.

Or use it to make Tarator—a sauce that contains tahini, garlic, lemon juice and parsley that’s especially good with poultry and vegetables. You can feel great about enjoying tahini morning, noon and night, as it’s not only delicious—it’s incredibly good for you!

Tahini and the sesame seeds that it’s made from have more than 70 pharmacological actions, including antioxidant, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. Here’s just a sampling of why tahini and sesame seeds are so good for you.

1) Lowers Blood Pressure & Improves Endothelial Function
Sesame seeds are known to have antihypertensive, lipid-lowering and appetite-controlling properties that may benefit heart health. In a study of 20 men, eating just 50 grams of tahini—about 3.5 tablespoons—led to a significant decrease in diastolic blood pressure and pulse rate four hours later. Endothelial function, a “key regulator of vascular homeostasis,” also improved.

Previous research found that men with high blood pressure who consumed sesame oil with a meal daily for 60 days had significant improvement in the flow-mediated dilatation, a measure of endothelial function, after sesame oil consumption.

2) Relieves Pain & Bruising
Tahini contains a wealth of nutrients, including calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, antioxidants and vitamins B, C and E. It’s also compos