Hummus is such a delicious, healthy low carb snack. An entire cup of hummus has just 35 grams of carbs, but the best part is it is packed full of protein and fiber, with 20 and 15 grams, respectively. Not only can you spread it on crackers or crispbread, but you can also dip celery or carrot sticks in it for even lower carbs. If you are unfamiliar with hummus, it is made from chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, with some spices and other items mixed in. Traditional hummus calls for other ingredients, such as tahini, but this low carb snack recipe is a great place to start with hummus.
The Low Carb Snack Recipe
1 1/2 cups chick peas
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Spices of your choice – in the video he uses smoked paprika, crushed red pepper and garlic powder.
Mix all together with a blender or food processor until a thick paste consistency is achieved. The recipe does not specify this, but you will need canned chickpeas. You can buy dry chickpeas and cook them ahead, which is what I prefer because it is cheaper and allows me to control the salt etc. In the video, he does not specify how much of the spices he puts in, but I would suggest 1/4 teaspoon red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
Store the finished hummus dip in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container. You can eat hummus dip with low carb crackers, crispbread, celery, carrots and even low carb bread for a quick and tasty low carb snack on the go.
If you’re not up for making your own low carb hummus dip, check the health(ier) food section of your grocery. You may have to try a few to find one you really like, but when hummus is good, it is really good. My absolute favorite is the Carmelized Onion flavor from Bronzestone, a small company right here in my neck of the woods.
While so many processed foods are bad for us, I think hummus, even from the store, is so good you can’t afford not to eat it, especially on a low carb diet.