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“Before working with Maria, I had struggled most of my adult life with my weight. I had tried other plans, and they would work for a time and then once I went on my own, I fell back into the old patterns and the weight came back. In December 2012, I weighed 212lbs. I had been pushed into finding an alternative way to better eating because of some health related issues in my family. My dad is diabetic and has had a couple of heart attacks. He’s been told that there’s nothing that they can do to repair his arteries. Of course, this gets me paying attention as I don’t want to head down that same path.

Zucchini HUMMUS

Maria was non-judgemental during this process. She was always providing me excellent resources to allow me to take this journey on my own once I got properly set up. When I was struggling she had tips for me. The videos that she’s created or the ones that she recommends were always timely and helpful. I have lost 35 lbs since working with Maria – and just 7 away from my original goal. I’ve chosen to take the longer path to success because I want to make sure that this weight stays off – for good. Eating food that tastes amazing has been the key to my success in being able to do this on my own. I’m a fussy eater, but also one who’s grown up in a practical environment. The menus that Maria has created are based on food that I grew up on – not high end fancy dishes that I don’t know how to pronounce. I have to say that that has made a huge difference for me – eating foods that I would have ate – just differently so that they’re healthy for me and keep me satiated. Maria has given me the tools and resources to be able to modify my own recipes in a ‘healthified’ way. Since losing weight, I am now able to fit into cute show clothes again, and I’m sure that I’m also much lighter for my horse’s sake :-)” –Janice

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Most of you know hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, which is a legume. My program doesn’t allow beans or legumes. Sure, they seem harmless…no corn syrup, no trans-fats, no “plastic package” surrounding this food item…so what’s wrong with eating Hummus?

Beans and legumes, as well as grains, contain lectins, which are indigestible proteins found in plants that attach themselves to the lower intestine, causing a really unpleasant inflammatory response and a cascade of bowel issues. This is when people suffer from Crohn’s, colitis, IBS, and other auto-immune disorders. These lectins also increase the risk of leptin resistance (which I write a whole chapter on in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism). Leptin is the hormone that signals that we are full, which can malfunction causing over-eating.

This is why I suggest a grain-free, bean-free diet. My passion is to make this limited diet as tasty as possible so you can stay successful! Here is a keto hummus recipe that you will totally enjoy that is low in starch and no lectins!



1 large zucchini, cut into chunks
1/2  cup tahini

1 clove garlic, peeled
1 TBS macadamia nut or quality olive oil
2 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Redmond Real salt

Combine all the ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings to taste. Makes 4 servings.

CINNAMON-SUGAR “HUMMUS” VARIATION: Omit the garlic, cumin, and paprika. Add 1/4 cup Swerve (or 1 tsp stevia glycerite) and 2 tsp cinnamon. Serve with BAGEL CHIPS (recipe in Kids Cookbook).

Traditional Hummus = 435 calories, 21g fat, 10g protein, 49.9g carbs, 9g fiber (40.9 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Hummus = 228 calories, 19g fat, 6.5g protein, 10.5g carbs, 3.9g fiber (6.6 effective carbs)

Zucchini HUMMUS
Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Anonymous says:

    Your kids cook book isn’t available from the Canadian Amazon web site. Can you make this happen?

    • I’m sorry, I wish I could but I don’t have any control over that. I know it is available in Europe, not sure why it’s not in Canada. Maybe it takes a little longer. 🙂

  • Amber says:

    When will the electronic version be available and for what app? I have at least 3 of your other books on my kindle app! I am just having trouble finding the kids cookbook on kindle or iBook. I am just so excited to find more recipes for my kids! Thanks 🙂

    • Kindle and Nook are available now! Apple iBooks (shown in the video) should be any day (hopefully today)! It was submitted 3 days ago and is stay waiting for their review.

    • Amber says:

      Just downloaded the kids cookbook on ibook. It looks awesome! So many recipes I can’t wait to try. I am always searching through your books (I have 4!) for info and recipes. Thanks for the great work!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like it. My husband put a lot of work into getting it into an ibook. 🙂

  • Margarita says:

    I just bought the Kid’s Color Cookbook, I am super excited! You have awesome stuff on the blog so the book should be like doublemint gum, double the pleasure, double the fun. Can’t wait for it to arrive and really get my kids into this.

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria the link that says “serve with bagel chips” is to swerve….where is the bagel chis?

  • aaltho says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  • France says:

    The zucchini hummus gets two thumbs up here! well, four, if you count Hubby’s two thumbs too! Loved it. Thanks so much for this healthified alternative!

  • buttoni says:

    I do a hummus with cauliflower. But this one with zucchini intrigues me. I’ll have to give your recipe a go!

  • Mary says:

    Maria – Thanks so very much for this one! Hummus is one of those items that both my husband and I miss so much. However, the traditional hummus does wreak havok on our digestive systems. This is exciting since my zucchini are producing big time! Thanks again.

  • France says:

    Hey Maria! I made this again and again and I still ADORE it !!! Haven’t tried the sweet version yet. But will do probably when it’s Summer here!

  • Trisha says:

    Did you all peel the skin first? or just go ahead and whiz that up too?

  • Danielle says:

    Great alternative! You mention that “your plan” doesn’t involver certain foods. Is there a post or section on your blog I can reference to see what is included/excluded from your plan? Thanks, love your blog, so informative 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Maria,
    I love all your recipies and have many of your books and have ordered a lot of vitamins from your Amazon store.
    Just curious on the above, what do you consider to be a “large” zucchini?
    Can you give approx. measurements, or approx. how many cups or ounces the cut chunks shoud be roughly. I want to make this with some zucchini from my garden this weekend.
    Thanks so much!!!!

  • Irina says:

    Made the first one with baked pumpkin instead of zucchini – tastes amazing! pumpkin is allowed, right? 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    After saving this recipe for so long, I finally made it this weekend. It was so good. I can’t wait to try the zucchini refried no-beans next. It’s a bit more thin than regular hummus but that actually makes it perfect o add a bit to a salad for flavor. If I had not made this recipe myself, I probably wouldn’t even know it had no garbanzo beans.

  • Annette says:

    What is your take on sprouted chickpeas, where the lectins are broken down?

  • Mary Ellen says:

    How much, in cups, would you say that a large zucchini is? I have a gigantic zucchini that a friend just dropped off, but I’m not sure how much of it I need to use for your hummus recipe.

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