Classic Chickpea Hummus Recipe With Smoked Paprika: Can It Help You Lose Weight? by Donna John
Carrot hummus. White bean hummus. Black bean hummus. Avocado hummus. Chocolate hummus. You name it, and someone has made a hummus recipe out of it. Yet sometimes, you just want straight-up chickpea hummus as an appetizer or snack. And maybe now more than ever.
According to an EatingWell article, hummus is the No. 1 snack for weight loss. "In a 2020 study in The Journal of Nutrition, people who ate an afternoon snack of hummus and pretzels reported less hunger than when they munched on a granola bar (both were 240 calories). The hummus was such a potent appetite suppressant that it even helped the volunteers snack less later in the evening, reducing their overall daily intake by 120 calories compared to when they ate the granola bars."
Hummus may aid in weight loss because it is full of fiber, high in protein and water, and may help with blood sugar levels. But be mindful of what you dip into that hummus. Instead of chips or bread, try celery sticks, carrot sticks, red bell pepper slices, broccoli florets, cucumbers or radishes.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas, drained
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 - 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- smoked paprika, to taste
Here's how to make it:
- Put the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth.
- Leave the motor running on low and slowly pour in the olive oil. (You can add a little water to reach desired consistency.) Taste and re-season with salt and pepper, if needed.
- Pour the hummus into a serving bowl and sprinkle with some smoked paprika. Drizzle with a little olive oil.
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