Hummus is perceived as a good-for-you snack, but if we’re not careful, it can quickly pack in a hefty dose of carbs and calories. Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on her top picks and worst bets for this popular little chickpea snack!
- Traditional hummus: chickpeas (garbanzo beans), oil, tahini (ground sesame), salt, seasonings.
- 70 calories per serving, with 8-10 servings per tub – translating to 560-700 calories per container
Engine 2 Hummus and Whole Foods Market’s Low Fat Hummus: 25 calories per 2 tablespoons
- Ingredients: chickpeas + seasonings, no oil
Sabra Hummus Singles: 150 calories per portion-controlled packet
Ingredients: chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame), soybean oil, garlic…)
Wild Garden Hummus Dip: 67 calories per pouch
- Ingredients: chickpeas, sesame paste, sea salt
Traditional-style Hummus like Sabra, Cedar’s, or locally-owned Nur’s Kitchen: 60-70 calories per 2 tablespoons
- Ingredients include traditional ingredients of chickpeas, oil, tahini, salt, seasonings
Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus, e.g. Black Bean Hummus and Carrot Hummus: 40-50 calories per 2 tablespoons
- Made with white beans or black beans instead of chickpeas, with add-ins like carrots
- Fewer calories, but still the same amount of protein + fiber, plus additional vitamin A in Carrot Hummus
- Paired with pretzels (primarily white flour), these hummus snack packs cram in 370 calories and 840 mg sodium.
- Plus the labels can be challenging to read, listing nutrition facts of hummus and pretzels separately, plus the fine print is wrapped around the seam of the container.