Healthy diet plans must include some healthy snacks. But, they have to be tasty, or you will still head for the vending machine or office kitchen.


One go-to healthy snack is hummus. Dips are a popular way to indulge a little in between meals. That’s why McDonald’s offers eight different dipping sauces.


Healthy diet plans don’t generally include trips to fast food outlets. Why not substitute a healthy snack like hummus?


Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made with chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and tahini. If you’re not familiar with tahini, it’s a sesame seed paste. It’s easy to find in any grocery store.


You’ll also see dozens of varieties of hummus in your local grocery store. Sabra is probably the most prevalent brand. It comes in many flavors, ranging from roasted red pepper, to basil pesto, to spinach and artichoke.


Healthy Diet Plans Include Healthy Snacks Like Hummus



What’s so healthy about hummus? A 2-tablespoon serving of hummus contains only 50 calories, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of fiber. Only 0.4 grams of fat is saturated. It also contains many vitamins and minerals. This combination of protein and fiber will help keep you feeling full until your next mealtime. Try it with fresh vegetables, crackers, or pita bread.


Why limit yourself to store bought? Hummus is very easy to make.



Healthy Diet Plans Recipe to Make Your Own Hummus



Here are some suggested versions of do-it-yourself hummus from Shape Magazine. They’re fun and color coded.


Plain Hummus:

To make plain hummus, blend 1 can drained chickpeas, 1 juiced lemon, 1 tablespoon tahini, 1 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil in a food processor or a blender until creamy and smooth.



Swap in black beans for chickpeas. Add 2 garlic cloves and 3 small jalapeños. Garnish with sliced jalapeños.



Add 2 garlic cloves and 1 cup cooked peas. Garnish with chopped mint if desired.



Add 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon turmeric, and 1 head roasted cauliflower.



Swap in white beans for chickpeas. Add 1 1/2 cups roasted pumpkin seeds, 3 garlic cloves, and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika. Garnish with more pumpkin seeds.



Add 2 roasted beets, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1 garlic clove.


Click here to get the full recipe from Shape Magazine to add to your healthy diet plans.