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Hummus: The Healthy Dip

Be a Better Dipper

The classic partner for hummus is pita bread, usually in wedges made of white flour.

Instead, pair your dip with a 100% whole-grain pita. You’ll add fiber and vitamins to your lunch.

Even better: Serve your hummus with veggies like cucumber slices, carrot spears, and red pepper wedges. You'll get even more nutrition without adding as many calories as a bread, chip, or cracker.

Avoid an Oil Spill

If you order hummus in a restaurant, it’s likely to be garnished with olive oil, which adds another 124 calories per tablespoon. A well-made hummus is rich and delicious enough to stand on its own. Ask your server to hold the slick stuff.

Move Over, Mayo

Hummus isn’t just for dipping. It makes a great sandwich spread, too.

Try it instead of mayo. You'll get more protein and fiber for half the calories you would from mayonnaise.

Hummus adds 1 gram of fat to your lunch box, compared to 5 grams for regular mayo.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD on July 22, 2014
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