How it’s good for you: This Middle Eastern dip is made from mashed chickpeas, sesame paste, garlic and olive oil – all superfoods, says Bibi Chia, principal dietician at Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre. Despite its rich taste and creamy texture, hummus is low in saturated fat and high in plant protein.
“Like all beans and legumes, chickpeas are also loaded with fibre,” Bibi adds. “This helps to make you feel full, prevent constipation and lower your bad cholesterol levels.”
Make it a tasty treat: Besides as a dip for raw carrot and celery sticks, hummus is great as a sauce for noodles or pasta (thin it out with a little water for a more runny sauce), as a topping for roasted veggies like capsicum, pumpkin and eggplant, as a salad dressing, and as a spread for pizza.