The humble but nutritious chickpea may not be a favourite in your house, but it becomes infinitely more popular once it's puréed and mixed with tahini and garlic. Hummus is a great way to get more legumes into your diet, says Ancaster, Ont.-based registered dietitian Shannon Crocker. "Used as a dip, hummus is lower in fat and calories compared to most creamy dips made with mayonnaise, cheese or sour cream." Here's how four brands fared with the Shouldice family (mom Jenn, dad Pete, Hannah, 9, Amy, 7 and Gregory, 5) of Toronto.
Family says: The parents preferred this one. "It was creamy and mild with just enough zing to liven up a sandwich or veggie tray," said Jenn. Pete liked the texture and flavour but preferred it as a spread for a pita or crackers than a dip for vegetables. "It tastes gourmet," he added. Hannah would have preferred it more if had been spicier, while her siblings thought the brand was "too sweet."
Nutritional Info: Per 2 tbsp 79 calories, 5.3 g fat (0.6 sat, 0 g trans), 9 mg cholesterol, 114 mg sodium, 6.2 g carbs, 1.2 g fibre, 0 g sugars, 2.3 g protein, 0% vitamin A, 1% vitamin C, 11% calcium, 8% iron.