Product Type: Asda Snacks
Newest Review: ... of containing 40% less fat than its not so healthy full fat equivalent. So, a 50g or quarter tub serving contains 130 calories and 1.2... more
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Asda Reduced Fat Houmous
Member Name: flodombey
Asda Reduced Fat Houmous
Advantages: Tasty, cannot tell the difference between this and full fat, great value and pretty healthy
Disadvantages: Has a short shelf life and needs eating quickly once opened
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!
Summary: A great snacking item for people who are watching what they eat.