It’s Friday, and tonight I’m meeting up with the girls for nibbles and chat. When I say ‘nibbles’, what most probably comes into your mind is unhealthy snacks like crisps, sweets, chocolates…. But did you think about hummus? Hummus is an easy, healthy and quick dip that is perfectly accompanied by healthy snacks. It can be made with store-cupboard items, a can-opener, a blender and 5 minutes of time. Perfect for me – a busy mum with 15 minutes to spare between getting the kids in bed and leaving the house!


  • Can of chickpeas – drained
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (or just use lemon juice)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons tap water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Place all ingredients in a bowl and use a hand blender to whizz it all up together. Alternatively, place ingredients in a blender or food processor and whizz up. Serve with your choice of healthy breads and veggie sticks. I’m taking pitta bread strips, carrot sticks and pepper sticks. Can’t wait!


Nutritional information

Chickpeas are a great source of protein, iron and calcium. This hummus recipe is also perfect for an addition to a healthy lunchbox. Kids will love dipping things in this hummus. Sharing between 4 people, this hummus recipe contains 100 kcal, 4g protein and 5g fat, along with a host of vitamins and minerals. That’s less than a handful of posh crisps!


I bought my can of chickpeas from Lidls for 60p. This recipe makes 300g – this is more than a small pot of shop-bought hummus (200g) which you’d easily pay £1 for. So this recipe is not only quick and easy, but it’s also cost effective.


Annemarie Aburrow

Annemarie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a first class honours in Physiology with Nutrition. She went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, leading to registration as a Dietitian. Between 2005 and 2013, Annemarie worked for the NHS in a wide variety of clinical and community roles. More recently, she has specialised in health promotion and prescribing support. She has particular experience in obesity management (both adults and children), diabetes, nutrition for the under 5s and nutritional supplement prescribing. In 2013, Annemarie left the NHS to set up her private practice 'Expert Dietitian'. She now works as a freelance Dietitian, offering private consultations in Hampshire, telephone and Skype appointments, corporate nutrition consultancy and bespoke training. She has a growing portfolio of project work, including working with her local council to provide nutrition training and expertise to Early Years settings, article writing, work with schools and running training/workshops. Annemarie is a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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