Low-sodium hummus recipes are easy to create and full of heart-healthy soluble fiber. When you make hummus yourself you can stay on track with a low-sodium eating plan.
There are 30 Registered Dietitian approved low salt hummus recipes for you to try for yourself. You won’t get bored since there are some that feature garbanzo beans (chickpeas), others that don’t even use legumes, and there are great dessert hummus options too!
Sodium And Health
Let’s discuss the difference between salt and sodium. Salt is made up of two molecules, sodium, and chloride. This means eating salt, increases your intake of the mineral sodium.
Sodium is the mineral we want to eat less of when managing blood pressure, heart failure, kidney disease or just to stay healthy.
Where doe sodium come from? Well, you are probably thinking of the salt shaker – duh! But actually, around 70% of Americans are consuming sodium from restaurants, prepackaged, and processed foods (1).
You may not even realize you are consuming more sodium than needed, because some of these foods don’t even taste salty! This hidden sodium can really add up.
How To Eat Low Sodium
Guess what? Hummus is a prepackaged food that can hide a lot of sodium in every bite.
And you know what? Hummus is super easy to make at home. So I challenge you to try it yourself to ensure this healthy low sodium snack fits into your heart-healthy eating plan.
Making it at home also ensures hummus is made of heart-healthy oils like olive oil, instead of cheaper fillers like soybean oil.
Oh, and another benefit is that making it yourself can save you money.
Start eliminating processed, pre-packaged foods by making them at home. It is easier than you think. You don’t need kitchen skills, just a blender or food processor and a recipe.
I’ve done the research for you, selecting 30 recipes that are simple to execute and help make eliminating prepackaged hummus easy.
Tips To Purchase Low Sodium Chickpeas
You cook chickpeas from dried, which is usually the most frugal option (and the lowest in sodium!) but requires more labor. Or you can open up a can of chickpeas to save time.
Just be careful. When purchasing canned items, like canned chickpeas, look for the words:
- “low sodium” or
- “no salt added”
on the food label.
This can make quite the difference in staying on track with your health goals. For example, “no salt added” canned chickpeas have 10 mg of sodium per serving compared to regular canned chickpeas which have 230-400 mg of sodium in the same serving size.
If you want more information about food labels, here is a great resource to learn how to read food labels.
Another great tip is if you do purchase full sodium canned beans, try rinsing them in a strainer to cut the sodium by up to 40% (2).
Low Sodium Hummus Is Heart Healthy
Chickpeas are rich in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like consistency in your digestive tract which can lower your cholesterol. This type of fiber traps and prevents “bad” LDL cholesterol from entering your bloodstream by being excreted when having a bowel movement.
Additionally, chickpeas and other legumes protect your heart health since they are rich in healthy fats. These healthy fats can also manage LDL cholesterol levels. In fact, eating legumes can significantly lower LDL cholesterol after 6 weeks (3).
Finally, hummus is an excellent source of plant-based protein. Looking to add more protein from plants? Try a hummus sandwich with roasted veggies for lunch! Yum.
Who Is Hummus For?
Hummus is for anyone looking to add legumes to their daily dietary intake. In fact, if you are new to eating legumes, hummus is a fantastic starter food to try these versatile legumes. I’d recommend using it as a dip or a sandwich spread to start.
What To Dip In Hummus?
Low salt hummus makes a great dip to add other healthy foods to your day like vegetables and whole grains. Some of my favorite items to dip in hummus are:
- low sodium pita chips or pita bread
- raw veggie sticks like snap peas, cucumber slices, zucchini, or carrot sticks (baby carrots work too!)
- bell peppers including red peppers, cherry tomatoes, or celery sticks are also great
- low sodium tortilla chips, bagel chips, or black bean chips
- low sodium crackers like rice crackers
- low sodium pretzel sticks or regular pretzels
Tips For Making Heart-Healthy Low-Sodium Hummus Recipes
- Use herbs and spices for flavor. For example try lemon, garlic, and traditional spices like cumin.
- Opt for no salt or low-sodium canned items.
- Use extra virgin olive oil as the source of fat, and top with pine nuts or sesame seeds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Hummus Has The Least Sodium
The hummus that you make at home will have the least amount of sodium because you can choose the ingredients for the recipe and don’t need to add salt.
When you make foods from scratch you can use whole ingredients that are naturally low in sodium and add flavor with herbs and spices.
Is Hummus Good For A Low Sodium Diet
Hummus is great for a low-sodium diet because it is less than 150 mg of sodium per serving. You can also dip whole ingredients into the hummus that are naturally low sodium, like carrot sticks, which makes this a very low-sodium-satiating snack.
How Do You Reduce The Salt In Hummus
The easiest way to reduce the salt in hummus is by purchasing canned chickpeas with “no salt added” on the food label. If you choose regular canned legumes, it can increase the salt from 10 mg to 230 mg.
Is Hummus A High Sodium Food
Store-bought hummus can be a high-sodium food. You can tell if it is high in sodium if the % DV (% Daily Value) on the food label is more than 5% per serving.
30 Low Sodium Hummus Recipes
As a heart dietitian, I’ve looked at numerous hummus recipes, and narrowed it down to these 30.
These recipes have 150 mg of sodium or less per serving based on the recipe’s information. You can likely reduce this amount by purchasing low-sodium canned chickpeas.
Remember, making your own hummus can be super easy to whip up by simply dumping ingredients into a blender and blitzing.
Hummus Made With Chickpeas
Wild Garlic Hummus – The Vegan Larder
Basil Hummus – In The Kitch
Beet Hummus – Little Sunny Kitchen
Rosemary White Bean Hummus – My Organized Chaos
Red Pepper Hummus – Daisies And Pie
Green Chile Hummus – Burrata And Bubbles
Baba Ghanoush Hummus – Strength And Sunshine
Smoked Paprika Hummus – My Plantiful Cooking
Yogurt Hummus – Food Meanderings
Cinnamon Hummus – Emily Leary
Avocado Hummus – Veggie World Recipes
Caramelized Onion Hummus – The Urben Life
Pumpkin Sage Hummus – Hoorah To Health
Original Hummus – Christina Scucina
Hummus Made With Other Legumes
Butter Bean Hummus – Sula And Spice
Cashew Hummus – Clean Eating Kitchen
Boiled Peanut Hummus – Grits And Gouda
Fava Bean Hummus – Attainable Sustainable
Creamy White Bean Hummus – With Spice
Black Eyed Pea Hummus – The Vgn Way
Spinach Hummus – Moms Test Kitchen
Roasted Carrot Navy Bean Hummus – Veggie Inspired
Hummus Without Legumes
Everything Bagel Cauliflower Hummus – Crinkled Cookbook
Cauliflower Hummus – Through The Fibro Fog
Chocolate Hummus – Little Sunny Kitchen
Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus – Pinch Of Wellness
Chickpea Cookie Dough Hummus – My Plantiful Cooking
Cacao Raspberry Dessert Hummus – Cook Eat Live Love
Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus – Haute And Healthy Living
Gingerbread Dessert Hummus Dip – Randa Derkson
Hummus is an excellent low-sodium snack, or it can be a great addition to a meal. These homemade recipes are quick to execute, and easy on the cleanup.
Let me know which low-sodium hummus recipe is your favorite in the comments.