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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

 

LOVE IT!

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

 

LIKE IT!

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

 

HATE IT!

Sabra Hummus + Pretzel Snack Pack

  • 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.