Traditional hummus is healthy but pretty high in fat and calories, so this healthy hummus recipe is perfect if you’re trying to cut calories and lose weight.
Nothing wrong with fat, especially ones like olive oil that’s often used in hummus, but the calories stack up pretty quickly at at least 300 calories per 100g (more for some brands), and most people will have that alongside other foods like pitta bread and other dips and deli foods.
Calories are king when it comes to weight management but eating 2 tbsp. with some salad to keep calories low is hardly a sustaining lunch!
So what I’ve done here is cut calories from fat while increasing the protein, which makes it extra filling too.
Chickpeas are fantastic for meat eaters but they’re especially good for vegans and vegetarians as they are a source of protein, easily lacking in many non meat eaters’ diets.
Chickpeas, like all legumes, also contain something called ‘resistant starch’ which, as the name suggests is resistant to digestion, so it stays in the gut longer and is very filling.
Serves 2 as a light lunch, with crudité on the side. Or serves 4-6 if served alongside other picnic foods.
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- 200ml water
- 60ml (4 tbsp) lemon juice
- 240g tin (drained weight) cooked chickpeas
- 75g pea protein powder, such as Pulsin‘ (use code PTC20 for 20% off orders over £20)
- 2 tbsp. tahini
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt to taste
- Drain the chickpeas, peel the garlic and squeeze out the lemon juice. In other words have everything ready to hand!
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively you can leave it a bit chunky. You might need to scrape down the side of the blender and blend again to make sure everything is mixed well.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Not essential, but blending can slightly warm foods through friction so I think it’s nicer once cooled again and tasting fresh.
Quick healthy hummus that will keep for a week in the fridge and is perfect for picnics, packed lunches or as a quick healthy meal at home.
This would go really well with Jamie Oliver’s high protein gluten free bread – check out the recipe here!