I admit that when I first heard about hummus, I was in no hurry to try it. When it comes to food, I pretty much stick with the basics. However, since I am on a health kick, I have ventured into some new territory in an effort to find good substitutes for my old, unhealthy favorites.
My daughter, knowing that I would never completely abandon chips and dips, suggested that I try whole grain chips with a hummus dip. At first I laughed at her. Pictures of cardboard and paste filled my head. However, one day during our movie time together she brought some over for me to try. Surprise, surprise; I liked it!
For those who are unfamiliar with hummus, let me explain what it is. It is a dip or spread that is made from chickpeas that have been well cooked and mashed. It is usually blended together with other ingredients like garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.
Once strictly a favorite in the Middle East, today hummus has spread itself around the world. Americans who are into being fit and healthy have embraced it completely. The rest of us are slowly catching up.
My favorite hummus dip so far is Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus. I gravitated toward it in particular because of the garlic component. However, I also secretly worried that it might be too heavy; leaving me with bad breath. I need not have given it a second thought. The taste is spot on and doesn’t linger.
Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus is creamy, rich and smooth with a very mellow garlic flavor. It couldn’t be more perfect. I especially like the fact that it contains nothing artificial and lacks the standard preservatives that seem to be attached to everything today.
A serving size of Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus is about 2 TBS. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it really goes a long way.
There are approximately 8 servings in each 8-oz carton of this product. Each serving contains 50 calories, more than half of which come from fat.
Total fat content is about 8 grams with 5 grams coming from saturated fat. There is; however, no trans fat.
While Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus contains no cholesterol, it does have 5 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of sugar and 95 micrograms of sodium.
On the positive side, this hummus options also offers 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of fiber. It also offers 2% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium and iron, based on a standard 2000-calorie diet.
Ingredients include chick peas, lemon juice, olive oil, roasted garlic, sea salt, sesame tahini, sunflower oil and water. I love Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus because it is tasty and filling at the same time. It is the perfect dip alternative.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. This tastes great. What more can anyone say?
Freshness: 5 stars. It tasted like it had just been made every time I take it out of the fridge.
Nutrition: 5 stars. It is much healthier than many other dips and the no artificial or preservative ingredients push it way over the top for me.
Packaging: 4 stars. The packaging isn’t fancy, but it doesn’t need to be. The hummus comes in a clear plastic reusable container with a white top. The top contains a bit too much wording but it clearly spells out what the product is in black and orange and contains the Trader Joe’s logo. If there were a bad point to the packaging, it would be that this product would not jump out at you in the grocery cooler. You’ll have to know what you are looking for or you are just as likely to miss it as find it.
Green value: 5 stars. The contains is reusable over and over again.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The container is small, round and relatively flat, measuring about 4 ½” in diameter. It should be easy to fit into most refrigerator spaces.
Availability: 4 stars. Unfortunately, this hummus can only be found at a Trader Joe store or on their online site.
Price: 4 stars. I paid almost $3 for this hummus but it is lasting quite a while.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I will most definitely purchase this product again.
Final rating: 4.7 stars. This product is a winner!
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor