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January 22, 2011 1:02 AM
I was wondering if hummus would be good in helping me loose some weight. I've heard people say it's good but I'm not sure. Never tried it so don't know if it's tasty or not. Thanks in advance for any input flowerforyou
January 22, 2011 1:04 AM
It is very filling and has fiber, also yummy!
January 22, 2011 1:08 AM
I love hummus! But it's kind of expensive calorie-wise. Like equivalent to salad dressing. :-/ I used to eat a lot more of it before I tracked my calories.
January 22, 2011 1:11 AM
Its very heavy on the calories, but it is very yummy ;D

I stay away from it while dieting
January 22, 2011 1:16 AM
If you make your own you can know exactly what goes into it and you can alter the calories. Add in a food processor 2 cans garbanzo beans, 1-2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/8 tsp salt, and a tbsp of olive oil. To make it taste really great add tahini (1tbsp) which is sesame paste. If you're on a diet the tahini is a good thing to leave out because it's high in fat. Process for a few minutes. You can make different types but this is the most basic.

It's delicious and fresh :) I mean when you think about it you're just eating beans and a bit else. It makes a nice big amount.

*edit: Don't buy the sabra or whatever it's called in the store. It has the texture of butter and I believe that it's very fattening (not sure, I didn't like it) :/ The equipment they use to process it is used for margarine...not that that means that there is margarine in it, but it has the same consistency.
Edited by othersiderock On January 22, 2011 1:20 AM
January 22, 2011 1:22 AM
I have a bit of the reduced fat red pepper hummus with chilli rivita minis. Comes in at about 168 cals
January 22, 2011 1:34 AM
i think hummous is pretty good when dieting, i have it with raw veggies like carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers and i just dip them in and scoop a small bit of hummos with each bite. A whole tub of hummus is about 300 cals but that usually lasts me a week of snacking so it's not that bad at all really! especially when you consider all the nutrients you get from the raw veggies AND it's really filling so i don't tend to eat any other 'bad' snacks like crisps or chocolate. personally i think it's a really good option.
January 22, 2011 2:22 AM
I love humous!
Absolutely adore it. I used to eat a pot in one lunch sitting. Now I don't because I recently looked at the calories for 1/4 of a pot, it's massive!
The high calories is due to the oil they put into it I think. However homemade humous is most likely healthier! Or stick to the small tubs...!
January 22, 2011 4:10 AM
It's not just the oil. It's the garbanzo beans. They're like 70 calories for 1/4 a cup of them or 500 calories for a can. I made my own and it's something like 110 calories for 2 tablespoons. And since I can eat a cup of it because it's so yummy, it's a bad idea for me. I had to send a lot of it out with friends the last time I made it. smile
January 22, 2011 4:39 AM
I think hummus is great with raw veggies, only way I can eat them, really..But, you do have to measure it out (2 T is about 60 cals) and put the tub back into the fridge..I lost 30lbs last year and ate hummus almost everyday...homemade is great, but if you don't have time to make it, Sabra hummus rocks! Chickpeas are healthy and I believe that the oil they use is the healthy kind..Try different flavors to see which ones you like..
January 22, 2011 4:40 AM
Hummus is also great in wraps, with chicken, spinach and anything else you like..much better for you than mayo..
January 22, 2011 6:19 AM

Hummus is also great in wraps, with chicken, spinach and anything else you like..much better for you than mayo..

agreed. i use it in replace of mayo on my sandwiches :)
January 22, 2011 6:27 AM
I buy the Sabra Garlic Hummus and it is 70 calories per 2 tablespoons. I love the stuff!
January 22, 2011 6:34 AM
Hummus is very good... there are many different flavors.... dont know if they are good for dieting.... because I cant eat hummus without crackers
January 22, 2011 6:49 AM
Hummus is great! It is high in cals but not all cals are created equal .. hummus is full of good fat and not the bad fat so it helps you in the long run :0)
January 22, 2011 6:51 AM
I really like edamame hummus. 90 calories per 2 tbsp. Great on sandwiches, with pita bread, with veggies. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they carry it.
January 22, 2011 7:41 AM
I love it on sandwiches, especially with tomatoes, and its tasty and better than mayo, salas dressing or butter
January 22, 2011 7:41 AM
I love it on sandwiches, especially with tomatoes, and its tasty and better than mayo, salas dressing or butter
January 22, 2011 7:44 AM
Absolutely love the wal-mart brand called "marketside". But the calories are a lot. I used to eat it as a dip, but now I use it as a substitute for butter or mayo (a tablespoon max!) The fiber is a plus :)
January 22, 2011 7:45 AM
I love hummus because it is tasty by itself and with tons of other things! I prefer the Athenos brand with pita chips or veggies (cucumbers and tomatoes). It is a wonderful filling snack or lunch option. You should def try it :)
January 22, 2011 8:41 AM
I love hummus and refuse to give it up, I buy the low fat and have a thin layer on a pitta bread with salad for my lunch at work. Its yummy!!!
January 22, 2011 9:05 AM
I make a yummy homemade spiced sweet roasted red pepper hummus that is 23 calories per serving(makes 8 servings).

If I don't make it, I buy Grandessa Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and it's only 50 cals for 2 tablespoons.
January 22, 2011 9:10 AM
I love my hummus!

I have it thinly spread on Ryvita crackers, topped with black pepper, sliced cucumber and tomato for lunch - delicious!!
January 22, 2011 10:20 AM
I love love love my hummus!! :)) I buy Sabra hummus and its only 70 calories for two tablespoons. I eat it with raw veggies. It's such a good substitute for me compared to chips or cookies..... I honestly don't think i could do this half as easily if I didn't have hummus and carrots for a snack in the afternoon. :))
January 22, 2011 10:34 AM
I have a 100 calorie cup of hummus almost every day.
I buy it at Costco ... 12 cups to a box.
I've lost 10 lbs since Jan 10 so it's not hindering my weight loss at all.


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