Hummus is diet food right? Make sure you’re buying the right one…

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

When it comes to a healthy diet, where does hummus stand? It’s a good question and one client’s often ask us.

Hummus is made from chick peas (garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil and lemon juice and usually spiced with fresh garlic, salt and pepper.  Because hummus is made primarily with beans so it can be a good low fat source of protein and it’s also a great way to get enough fibre.  But dieters beware; if there are large amounts of olive oil and/or tahini in a particular recipe, the calories can be more than you bargained for.  A good rule of thumb when buying hummus is to aim for:

  • 30 calories per Tbsp. or less

Our favorite brands happen to be:

  • Safeway’s Eating Right brand at 30 calories for 2 Tbsp.
  • Habibi’s hummus (found at Whole Foods) touts 20 calories per Tbsp.
  • You can also try making it yourself – check out our Recipe section for a recipe!

How do you use hummus?  In a meal, I like to think of it as the protein part of the plate:

  • Use ½ cup inside a high fibre wrap for lunch
  • Spread ½ cup on two high fibre slices of toast to accompany a salad

If using hummus as a snack, try:

  • ¼ cup on as many veggies as you like
  • 3 Tbsp. on 3 finn crisp crackers – bon appetite!