Stop the Gas; Prepare Your Beans

Eliminating Gas is Why We Soak Our Beans

Recipes for Soaked and Prepared Garbanzo Beans (AKA Chick Peas) and Hummus is included to help you avoid gas!

 why we soak

Raised in the south, there are certain things a girl just doesn’t do. Gas is certainly one of them! The others, well, some I’ve embraced and some are just out!

Growing up, I never quite understood a lot of the tricks my Grandmothers used in the kitchen, but with all the learning from Wise Traditions, NTA, and a class with Monica Corrado; I’m beginning to understand a bit more about the Ole’ Wives Tales and traditional wisdoms in which I grew up. With that, here are a few of the reasons to soak your beans.

Benefits to Soaking Beans:

  • Breaks down the Phytic Acid
  • Removes the enzyme inhibitors
  • Pre-Digests sugars, therefore
  • Reduces bloating and gas

Remove gas

“Either we soak the beans or we all have the discomfort of gas. I really try to soak our beans!” ~Mandy

Recipe, Ingredients, Steps

Garbanzo Hummus


  • 4 cups Dried Garbanzo beans
  • 1 + Gallon of filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • Soak 24 hours, rinse
  • --------------
  • 2 cups + EVOO
  • 3 Tbsp Flax Oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of each: salt, paprika, garlic, hyssop, thyme, oregano


  1. First, the garbanzos are put in a bowl,
  2. Cover with tepid water and add the baking soda.
  3. Let soak for 2 days.
  4. Next, we rinse the beans thoroughly,
  5. Bring to a boil, then turn down
  6. Simmer with lid on for a few hours until tender
  7. Enjoy in salads or
  8. Put in a blender with additional ingredients.

Taste the Difference

Also, sea salt is a great source to soak. If you don’t have baking soda on hand, this works too.The hummus should taste smoother and creamier than before and there should be a lot less gas and bloating.

Interestingly, my Grandmother used baking soda for a lot of things, including a spoonful in her tea. The extra time to soak your beans makes a real difference in your gut.

We eat hummus a whole bunch, so I literally make vats of it or I buy Hope brand, garlic hummus. Preparing makes these beans a 2 or 3-day process whether we soak or sprout them. I find soaking a little easier because I don’t have to remember to rinse it.

Also, I highly recommend taking a class with Monica Corrado of Simply Well Being. Even this southern girl learned some great tips for traditional cooking from her course.

For more great tips towards health, check out “Real Food Recovery“.

Enjoy the beans and have fun with your family.



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