A-Z of foods: H is for Hummus

What's so good about hummus? For starters, it's made from chick peas, which is a pulse vegetable that's a source of protein and fibre. It's convenient and readily available, and comes in different flavours. A couple of tablespoons will typically provide about 50 calories and give you the same amount of fibre as you'd get from a slice of wholegrain bread.

Check out these three tips:

1. Ditch the butter. Use hummus as a spread on bread, toast or in sandwiches.

2. Spice it up. Buy regular hummus and add a touch of red chilli powder, crushed garlic, cumin seeds and chopped spring onions.

3. Create your own. See the clip below to find out how to make speedy, home-made, healthy hummus. Simply blitz together some chick peas, coriander leaves, garlic, red chilli flakes, lime juice, yogurt and a dash of olive oil.



 

Azmina Govindji is Patient's award-winning resident dietitian. She comes with a background in diabetes, having worked as Chief Dietitian to Diabetes UK from 1987 to 1995. She was a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Executive Council and Chair of the BDA Public Relations Committee from 2001-2004, and is still a renowned BDA spokesperson. But you may be more familiar with her work on TV and radio - she's appeared regularly on This Morning, The Wright Stuff and The One Show. Azmina is also a best-selling author and co-founder of the award-winning RDUK twitter chats.

Azmina is a mum of two and understands the pressures of family life. She runs her own nutrition consultancy at Azmina Nutrition, and offers advice to the food industry, the media, patients, nurseries, and health organisations. In her spare time she loves to entertain friends and travel. Tweet with her on @AzminaNutrition.