Confession time. I am completely a volume eater. I would much rather pack many different components to my lunches that keep me happily crunching for an extended period of time, instead of just a plain old sandwich. Therefore, baby carrots, pepper slices, and cherry tomatoes often appear as my "side dish" of choice. While veggies are great for crunch, sometimes they need a little kick to liven them up! I'd heard so much about the benefits of hummus (great protein source, creamy texture, good taste) that I decided to give it a try.
I settled on Tribe Hummus, which is available in several different flavors. My first attempt was with the 40 spices because it sounded exotic and yummy! When I finally tasted it, I was very impressed! The spread held up well to dipping (no drips), as well as spreading on pita rounds and bread. It lent a nice kick to my veggies, and also added staying power due to the protein and fat content. Since trying the 40 spices flavor, I have branched out to Scallion as well as Roasted Red Pepper. Both are excellent!
I purchased Tribe 40 Spices Hummus at my local grocer for $2.99 for an 8 ounce container (8 servings). Each 2 tablespoon serving provides 50 calories, 3.5 grams of total fat (5% of the recommended daily amount), no saturated fat, 6% of the RDA for sodium (140 mg), 3 grams of carbohydrates which includes 1 gram of fiber and no sugars, and 1 gram of protein.
One of the reasons I wad drawn to this brand was the short list of ingredients: chickpeas, lemon juice, water, tahini, canola oil, spices, sea salt, citric acid, sodium citrate and natural flavor. I will definitely be making this a daily lunchtime staple.