Is Hummus Paleo or not? Unfortunately, if hummus is a regular part of your diet, you’ll have to learn to do without it since it isn’t included in the Paleo food list. Hummus is known to be a healthy dish. It is low in calories, provides us with a plant-based source of protein, is high in fiber and good fats.
But while on Paleo, skipping this food is needed if you want to adhere to the rules. Because of that, you’ll need to find some other healthy snack alternative to hummus.
Why Hummus is Not Paleo
Hummus is a paste or spread whose main ingredients are chickpeas and sesame seeds. Olive oil, garlic and lemon are used to blend the chickpeas and sesame seeds into the soft paste.
So why isn’t hummus Paleo? It is not part of the Paleo diet for a few reasons. First of all, it is a legume. Legumes are part of the foods that aren’t allowed on Paleo. Actually, chickpeas aren’t even peas. In fact they’re really beans. This is why chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans.
And since legumes aren’t allowed on the Paleo diet, it also follows that foods that use beans as part of their ingredients, like in the case of hummus (which is made from chickpeas), aren’t part of the diet either.
Following the Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet is considered one of the best diets around. I know that it can be overwhelming to figure things out with a lot of diets that are out now, because each diet seems to have their own version. The thing is, most diets work for some people and not all diets are created equal.
One of the good things about the Paleo diet is it strips out the processed foods and those that have additives in them. It has also become very popular in recent years because of how effectively it helps people lose weight while on it. In fact, many swear that it gets them into the “best shape of their life.”
The diet consists of natural ingredients that our ancestors ate which was way before process food came into the picture. These days, you see process foods that exist in many locations particularly when going grocery shopping at grocery stores or supermarket locations.
Also, fresh fruits and vegetables are highly valued, as well as lean meat products. These are foods our our ancestors would consume in their daily diet. If you think about it, the guys would chase after the animals for meat while the ladies are at home preparing the food. If they have kids, that’s the kind of food that they eat at home because it’s what they have at the moment.
On top of that, there was no fridge and freezer back them to keep the food fresh or frozen before their next meal so they have to either hurry up and eat or share with it with other people while the food is still fresh.
Making Hummus that’s Paleo Friendly
If you really like hummus, there are ways to make hummus that follows the Paleo diet. To do so, you’ll need to substitute the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) with another food that in the approved food list.
Some alternative ingredients to use in place of chickpeas are eggplant, zucchini or cauliflower. Beans are considered legumes which is why it’s not a part of the Paleo diet. You can still use the rest of the other ingredients that are traditionally used to make hummus, like lemon juice, sesame oil, black pepper, garlic, since they are Paleo friendly.
Staying on Track
While foods like hummus may not be allowed on the diet, one of the great thing about Paleo is that there are other alternatives you can use to replace that one ingredient, in this case chickpea, and still be able to enjoy the food that’s very similar to the original.
If you’re looking for new and delicious Paleo recipes to try out or add to your current collection, here are a couple of our favorite cookbooks: