“ Brand: Asda / Type: Dip „
My other half and I love houmous and quite frequently will snack on it with breadsticks or sliced up pitta breads as a healthier alternative to crisps or chocolate.
I was aware however that standard houmous can be quite calorific and is not ideal when you are trying to follow the weight watcher plan, I therefore decided to give this reduced fat version from Asda a try. This 200g tub retails for around 88p and boasts of containing 40% less fat than its not so healthy full fat equivalent.
So, a 50g or quarter tub serving contains 130 calories and 1.2g of saturated fat which equates to 2.5 weight watcher points for this size of portion. Personally I would never eat a whole quarter tub as a portion but I use these measures as a guideline which is quite useful. I find that a little goes a long way with houmous as it has quite a strong flavour and so I generally use it sparingly on pittas or as a dip.
The overwhelming flavours of houmous are lemon and garlic but neither of these is so strong that you cannot detect any other nuances. I honestly cannot taste any difference between this version and the full fat ones and the texture is also identical. In my opinion there is very little discernible difference between the two which makes this a good swap if you are watching your diet or trying to eat healthier.
At 88p a tub this is something of a bargain in my opinion, the only downside is that houmous never has a particularly long shelf life and once opened the tub needs to be eaten within 2 days which can be a bit of a push. This is a product which I frequently find myself throwing away before it is finished which is a bit of a shame.
Something I learned by trial and error is that you cannot successfully freeze houmous because the oil splits out from the rest of the ingredients and once defrosted it does not really mix back together well. I guess this means only buy houmous if you intend on eating it soon!
I love houmous and have made it several times at home the only problem with this is that I end up with loads and give it away to family and friends even friends of friends as I make too much to be able to eat my way through. So I frequently try shops own brands of houmous to fill my craving.
I hadn't tried the asda reduced fat houmous so thought I would give it a try. It currently costs 88p or is part of the 2 dips for £1.50. so I thought if its not great it hasn't cost that much. It comes in a 200g plastic tub with a cardboard sleeve on the outside of the tub.
For those of you who don't know what houmous is, its a greek dip thats made out of chick peas, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and sesame paste and can be used to dip things in like sliced carrots or put inside pitta breads as an alternative to sandwiches.
This houmous had a reasonable shelf life on it but it does recommend that once opened it is consumed with 2 days and is kept in the fridge. So once you have opened it, it doesn't have a long shelf life.
When you open the lid you can clearly smell the garlic but don't let this put you off as the taste is not overpowering, though you might need some chewing gum handy if you are with people who aren't keen on the smell.
The houmous itself is a nice consistency and has small bits of chickpeas still in the dip. If you prefer dips which are smooth then this isn't for you. When you taste the houmous you can clearly taste the garlic, lemon and sesame in the dip and it does have a nice consistency. The one thing that I found was that as I was the only one eating this and no wanting to waste food it did become a bit much after a while having this layered thickly on a couple of pitta breads.
Shop bought houmous isn't low in fat even the low fat ones but as its not something I have very often I'm not overly concerned about it. This one has 130kcal per 50g and 9.5g of fat of which 1.2g of fat is saturated.
Overall I would recommend this but if you are having this on your own due to the shelf life you could find yourself throwing a bit of it away. Then again its better than making a loads of homemade houmous and I would go get this again if I want some houmous.