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lumifan4ever
01-30-2009, 09:46 AM
Okay...so last night i'm at walmart with the bf picking up some foods for his lunch this week...and it is taking a loooooonnnngggg time...so i'm getting hungry. And he's getting all these deli meats...so i start looking around and find some Hummus. It's Roasted Red Pepper Hummas with pretzel chips. I don't look at the calories or anything because i remember everyone on here talking about having hummus for breakfast and snacks and stuff and i figure i'm going to splurge on myself and buy this single serving container. Well...i get out to the car and proceed to break it open and i look at the calories and such. One container (3.5 ounces) has 230 cal. (180 cals. from fat) 21 grams of fat, and only 4 grams protein. WTH???? Well...i'm eating it because i spent almost $2 on it and i'm hungry. And it was good...but i'm just curious... when ya'll eat this...do you eat this much of a serving or do you eat less?? I'm sure some of the calories came from the pretzel chips...but still.. seems like a lot of fat.


srmb60
01-30-2009, 09:52 AM
I'm not sure if I've ever had real hummus. I make something like it. But I only use a dot of oil. Probably you could find better dippers too ... some kind of cracker or veggies??

lumifan4ever
01-30-2009, 09:59 AM
Yeah...i thinking maybe celery sticks would be good a good dipper or even cucumbers...but i had never had hummus and this was a cute portable container that i could eat in the car last night to try. But i don't know if there is like a "regular" hummus and a "diet" hummus. I just hear so many people talking about eating hummus when they are watching their weight and i really wanted to try something new in my diet to give me more variety.

Like, i'm going to try some "Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze Soymilk" because it only 30 calories for a whole cup and it's suppose to be really good in cereal and by itself and stuff like that.


Darby1
01-30-2009, 10:04 AM
If you make hummus you can control how much oil goes in, but most pre-made hummus is pretty high in fat. I've never seen a low fat hummus, which is a shame, because I love it and I hate making my own!

nelie
01-30-2009, 10:24 AM
I'll eat premade hummus occassionally. When I visit my mom in CA, one store near her carries fat free hummus. Its really good stuff but I haven't seen the brand here in MD.

I make it myself though, omit the olive oil and sparingly use tahini.

kiki100
01-30-2009, 10:32 AM
We have a brand here called Barb and Wendy's Skinny Dips...their hummus has .5g fat and 30 cal for 2tbsp. It's SO good...really garlicky (which I love) and I dip celery sticks into it (cucumber and carrots are good too!). That same brand also makes an amazing baba ganoush and bruschetta.

Hummus
01-30-2009, 10:42 AM
As you can tell by my name, I love it... :D

I usually make my own too, and put it into that kind of container. I'll sometimes buy the store-bought hummus, and I think of it as a healthy dip for veggies or whole wheat pita: at least it has some protein, is low cal (for a few tbsps), and to me is far more interesting. It's also filling, because fat and protein are things that make you feel more full, and the fat is from olive oil which is a good fat.

I usually make mine in a blender, and use less oil and more lemon juice than the store-bought stuff.

lumifan4ever
01-30-2009, 10:54 AM
Unless i can find a really, really simple recipe for hummus...or find a low cal version...i will just have to let this one die out. I read a recipe on the calorie counter thread and it had a ToN of ingrediants. And i didn't think it was that great to be spending all that money to make what was hopefully a big portion of the stuff. But the roasted red pepper kind was really good last night. and between me, my bf, and 2 small kids, we didn't even finish the 3.5 ounces...so i know i didn't do much damage last night. But i just didn't know if everyone was eating a "diet friendly" version or just the plain ol store bought version. I'll look around and see if there is a lower fat/calorie one. If not, i'll just skip it and try something else every one is always talking about. :-)

Petunia418
01-30-2009, 10:57 AM
I'm actually eating hummus at my desk right now! I eat so much of it (buy it in bulk) that I'm going to start making my own once the huge tub of it in the fridge is gone. My favorite way to eat it is with toasted whole wheat pita and feta cheese. Mmmm! It's also good on sandwiches with lots of veggies. Carrot sticks and red/green bell pepper sticks make good dippers too! My guilty pleasure is saving my pizza crust to dip in it. I heart hummus!

lumifan4ever
01-30-2009, 10:58 AM
Petunia...what kind are you eating?? how many calories a serving does yours have?? how big is a serving??

Petunia418
01-30-2009, 10:58 AM
And BTW- you don't need too many ingredients for basic hummus! Garbanzo beans, tahini pasta (optional), garlic, salt, and lemon juice! I like mine pretty basic though...

Petunia418
01-30-2009, 11:02 AM
I'm not sure of the brand, as I put some in a container to bring with me to work... but I think it has about 40 calories in 2 tbsp. I add 1-2 tbsp of feta to it and dip away! 1/2 a whole wheat pita has 110 calories... so it's about a 200 calorie snack!

....also, make sure you're not buying "hummus dip." I saw that at the store last night and things with the word "dip" on the end tend to have additional creamy ingredients (the same with "guacamole dip")!

JuliaDH
01-30-2009, 11:12 AM
I am going to try this for Super Bowl party

http://dietandweightlossprograms.com/low-gi-recipes/homemade-hummus-with-roasted-vegetables-wrap/

nelie
01-30-2009, 11:14 AM
Costco carries it for buying in bulk too but again I think homemade tastes a lot better than in the store.

All you really need to make hummus is chickpeas and even then you could use some other kind of bean.

Real basic hummus:

Chickpeas
lemon juice
olive oil (I omit)
Garlic
tahini (you can omit but gives a nice flavor)
Salt

You can look up recipes but I just kind of wing it.

lumifan4ever
01-30-2009, 11:44 AM
Thanks guys. I did go to my favorite recipe site, recipezaar.com and looked up a roasted red pepper hummus. It looks pretty easy to make and i have alot of the stuff already on hand. all i have to buy is the roasted red peppers in the jar, garbanzo beans and tahini stuff. so, maybe i can make some at home that will taste just as good. and it says only 84 calories per serving, 2 grams fat...and it makes 8 servings. I thought it might be good for our superbowl spread.

PiXiEgAL
01-30-2009, 12:37 PM
I love hummus and ever since I started to eat healthier, this curiousity I have about it is worth it! I always get the Athenos brand from my supermarket andmy current fave is artichoke & garlic. Per serving size (2 tbsp) it only has 50 calories, 3gfat....and that one serving is enough for my baby carrots and my blue corn tortilla chips! ^^ very satisfying.

cbmare
01-30-2009, 12:39 PM
Like, i'm going to try some "Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze Soymilk" because it only 30 calories for a whole cup and it's suppose to be really good in cereal and by itself and stuff like that.

I use this. However, it is NOT soy. It is almond milk. It has to be chilled. You probably won't like it if it isn't cold.

I would love to find hummus that doesn't have tahini in a premade version.

BarbPA
01-30-2009, 01:48 PM
I haven't tried making it on my own yet because I love the store brand that I buy. It's the "Eating Right" brand - sold at Safeway/Genuardis in my area of SE PA.

The nutritional info for 2 Tablespoons is:
Cal: 45
Fat: 2g
Carb: 5g
Fiber: 1g
Protien: 2g

I use it as a snack with baby carrots. :carrot:

lumifan4ever
01-30-2009, 02:33 PM
cbmare...ooops. I guess i'm still learning about soymilk and almond milk. I wonder if it's made out of almonds? I don't like almonds but i heard the milk tasted very good. I'm hoping that my whole family will like it and it will be a good substitute to go with our cereal to make it less calories and still healthy.

BarbPa...everyone has these great stores like Safeway and TraderJoes. We don't seem to have anything like that in my SC/GA area. I have an EarthFare store that has lots of organic foods but it's too pricey for me to go shop at. Don't know if they carry anything special besides organic stuff but no sense in going in there. But i definately am going to give this recipe a try. It sound really close to the ingrediants on the package of hummus i got yesterday (minus the oils).

nelie
01-30-2009, 02:52 PM
Almond milk is good and doesn't taste like almonds. I'd say try it for yourself. How you make almond milk is basically you soak almonds, grind them up and then use a filter (such as a cheesecloth) to separate out the pulp from the 'milk'. I've never made it myself but its cheap enough to buy and almonds are expensive and I'm lazy :)

cbmare
01-30-2009, 03:22 PM
I think it does have a bit of a nutty flavor. It is extremely subtle.

Have you looked at Aldi's? I would love it if they would expand to the west coast. They are really spreading out in New England.

Eves
01-30-2009, 05:03 PM
Almond milk is good and doesn't taste like almonds. I'd say try it for yourself. How you make almond milk is basically you soak almonds, grind them up and then use a filter (such as a cheesecloth) to separate out the pulp from the 'milk'. I've never made it myself but its cheap enough to buy and almonds are expensive and I'm lazy :)

My sister works for a water district in Central California and the farmers give her almonds by the buckets. I brought back two 20 pound bags full of almonds and made almond milk last weekend. Soak, grind, and filter.

I think it's disgusting warm, and I don't think you can really cook with it. But, it goes well with my oatmeal, and really, how many almonds can you really eat in a day?

JayEll
01-30-2009, 05:12 PM
and really, how many almonds can you really eat in a day?

In my case there is no upper limit... :eek:

Hey Eves! :wave:

Jay

nelie
01-30-2009, 05:25 PM
Welcome back Eves! Yeah I can eat a lot of almonds.

Eves
01-30-2009, 11:32 PM
Nelie and Jay, never work for a Central California water district then. It's buckets of peanuts and pistachios every week. My sister has started just taking them to the homeless shelter on her way home.

Peanuts and pecans are my weakness, though. Oooooh, they're so good!

lottie63
01-31-2009, 12:12 AM
Okay, so someone mentioned making hummus out of other beans.

I like the IDEA of hummus but am not a huge chickpea fan.

I made some black bean garlic hummus tonight and it is way better than anything I have EVAR bought in the store and much betta in general than chickpeas. But I have a serious love of black beans. ;)

ennay
01-31-2009, 12:56 AM
Hummus freezes pretty well. I usually make 2 cans of garbanzo beans worth at a time. Then thaw in the fridge(no nukes!) and stir and its just fine.

Almond milk is a good replacement for cream or creamer in coffee...a lot of richness without many calories.

srmb60
01-31-2009, 06:09 AM
I prefer black beans too but have used almost anything ... pinto beans ...

nelie
01-31-2009, 08:38 AM
Nelie and Jay, never work for a Central California water district then. It's buckets of peanuts and pistachios every week. My sister has started just taking them to the homeless shelter on her way home.

Peanuts and pecans are my weakness, though. Oooooh, they're so good!

I am majorly jealous. My stepfather used to live in the Fresno valley and he has stories about picking pecans when he was a teenager and how many pecans they would take home...

My favorite nut though is walnuts.

nakedmango
01-31-2009, 08:49 AM
Thanks guys. I did go to my favorite recipe site, recipezaar.com and looked up a roasted red pepper hummus. It looks pretty easy to make and i have alot of the stuff already on hand. all i have to buy is the roasted red peppers in the jar, garbanzo beans and tahini stuff. so, maybe i can make some at home that will taste just as good. and it says only 84 calories per serving, 2 grams fat...and it makes 8 servings. I thought it might be good for our superbowl spread.

I loooove hummus. As a protein, it is low-calorie and very nutritious--my usual serving is about 2 or 3 tablespoons. I like adding tahini--the jar isn't cheap, but you can make many bacthes of hummus with one jar of tahini. I think I will add chipotle peppers to my next batch. Yum!

Roasted red peppers are really easy to make! I find store-bought ones a little expensive for what you get. The most time-consuming parts are cleaning the peppers (2 min) and peeling off the skins (2 min). Total maybe 20 minutes, with only 4 or 5 minutes of hands-on work.

Roasted Red Peppers
Only one ingredient: as many peppers as you want!
Clean the peppers, and cut so that they are more-or-less rectangular pieces that will lay more-or-less flat. Lay skin-side up on a cookie tray or oven-proof frying pan. Turn on the broiler, put the peppers in the oven--I put them on the middle rack because I'm always 'mutli-tasking' and I tend to burn them when they're on the top. Keep an eye on the peppers--I leave the over door open but stay within eyesight of the oven (you could easily do other food prep or cooking in the kitchen while you watch). However, they do go from good to burnt in about 30 seconds, so be careful. When the skin is bubbling and starting to brown, take them out of the oven and --this is the trick--put them in a plastic bag. The steam will loosen the skin from the flesh of the pepper, and make it easy to peel off the skin. I let them steam until they are cool enough to handle, and just use my fingers to peel of the skin. And done!

tommy
03-02-2009, 04:00 PM
I was about to buy my favorite cilantro jalapeno hummus from the Farmer's Market vendor yesterday and realized I was out of cash! Turned out to be a blessing. Garbanzos were on sale for $1/can at the market. I whizzed the can and most of the liquid in the food processor with lots of lemon juice, 2 green garlics (looks like green onion but it young garlic- SO good), maybe a T of olive oil, a fist full of Italian parsley from the garden, and a few hot peppers from the freezer (frozen from last year's harvest). Absolutely delicious. I am going back to grab some more cans while they are on sale (along with the 97cents/pound asparagus! :T