Top Pick Of The Week

August 20, 2713


Spicy red lentil hummus is one of a rainbow of hummus types made from legumes other than chicpeas. All photography courtesy Eat Well Enjoy Life.

WHAT IT IS: Innovative hummus that uses legumes other than chickpeas—black beans, edamame, lentils and white beans. There’s also a lower-fat chickpea hummus with added Greek yogurt.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Given the big growth in hummus sales as more Americans discover this healthy, protein-packed
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love innovation, and this innovation tastes great!
WHERE TO BUY IT: Available at retailers nationwide. Here’s a store locator:

Edamame hummus—perhaps our favorite in the line.

White bean hummus: added protein and nutrition.

Yellow lentil hummus.

Make red lentil hummus crostini topped with thin slices of cucumber.

Greek yogurt hummus.



Eat Well Enjoy Life Flavored Hummus, Made From “Other” Legumes

Anyone who buys hummus has seen how the category has been exploding, with different brands, new flavors and fancy toppings.

But the most laudable flavors of all have been developed by Eat Well Enjoy Life, a company committed to improving our diets in small, manageable ways.

Eat Well Enjoy Life delivers innovation in hummus flavors made from a delicious range of beans and legumes: the classic garbanzo (chickpea) plus black beans, edamame, red lentils, white beans and yellow lentils—all part of the Mediterranean Diet.

The sophisticated flavors of “the other bean hummus” provide wonderful alternatives to classic hummus. The beans and legumes contribute protein, fiber and healthy (monounsaturated) fat, low in sodium and cholesterol free.

The products themselves inspire innovation at home: edamame wasabi hummus blended with mashed potatoes or deviled egg stuffing, spicy red lentil hummus atop crostini and in baked potatoes, black bean hummus in stuffed peppers, white bean hummus on veggie pizzas.

The line is cholesterol free, gluten free and certified kosher. The line has won Healthy Food Awards in both the Healthy Living and Diabetes Focus categories.


Bean-Based Hummus

  • White Bean Hummus
    Topped with a mix of pine nuts and aromatic herbs.
  • White Bean Hummus With Roasted Garlic Tapenade
    This variety adds even more flavor with a topping of Provençal garlic tapenade.
  • Sweet & Spicy Black Bean Hummus
    The black bean hummus is brightened with fresh tomatoes and topped with a mix of roasted corn, pineapple and red bell pepper.


The Lentil Hummus Group

  • Spicy Red Lentil Chipotle Hummus
    Lentils have the third highest level of protein by weight among legumes. The red lentil hummus with a bright, orange-red color, is topped with a spiced poblano chile, pimentos and corn relish.
  • Spicy Yellow Lentil Hummus With
    Sunflower Seeds & Apricot

    We love both the color and the topping—sunflower seeds and chopped dried apricots—on this flavorful hummus.


The Edamame Hummus Group

  • Edamame Hummus
    Basic, no topping. It’s lovely, but the toppings add excitement.
  • Edamame Hummus With Roasted Red
    Pepper & Toasted Sesame

    Sesame is exceptionally rich in calcium and plentiful in vitamins B1 and E.  Here it’s paired with a topping of roasted red peppers to bring a savory and crunchy twist to the original Edamame Hummus.
  • Edamame Hummus with Yellow
    Peppers, Black Sesame & Ginger
    The original Edamame Hummus is garnished with a relish of diced yellow and red peppers, red pickled ginger and black sesame seeds.
  • Wasabi Edamame Hummus
    While we liked everything in the line, this flavor wows us. (Disclosure: We love edamame, wasabi and Japanese fusion.) The topping includes whole edamame, pickled ginger horseradish and black sesame.

Greek Yogurt Hummus

What happens when you add Greek yogurt to classic, garbanzo bean (chickpea)-based hummus? It lowers the fat by 50% and the calories by 33%.

Yet, it doesn’t alter the character of the hummus or its texture. What the yogurt does is lighten the flavor, a solution for those who find the chickpeas or tahini to be too sharp.

This innovation from Eat Well Enjoy Life is available in:

  • Classic Garbanzo Bean Hummus
  • Roasted Garlic Hummus (a topping of
    roasted garlic)
  • Roasted Pine Nuts Hummus (a topping of
    pine nuts)
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (a topping of
    roasted red pepper)
  • Spicy Hummus with Greek Yogurt (a
    topping of spiced red peppers)


If you want to have a healthy hummus party, buy one of everything and serve with crackers, crudités, pita chips and pretzels.

— Karen Hochman



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