Chewsday Review- Kiddylicious Houmous Dip Dip
A newer snack pack on the market has caught our attention with claims of being delicious AND encouraging self feeding. Its Kiddylicious houmous dip dip. Let’s dip our own detective fingers into how this stacks up as an ideal toddler snack.
🔹This little snack pack is made up of:
1) Houmous (77%): Cooked chickpeas [Chickpeas (18%), water], water, tahini [sesame seed paste] (20%), acidity regulator [citric acid]
2) Breadsticks (23%): Wheat flour, water, sunflower oil, yeast, thiamin
🔹There are no added sugars, no artificial flavours or colours and no added salt in this product
🔹 Citric acid is added as a preserving agent to help keep this product shelf stable
🔹 Thiamin is an essential vitamin for us and is commonly added to bread and bread-like products in Australia
🔹 Common allergens: sesame seeds, wheat
🔶 The positives
🔹This is a great on-the-go snack you can fit in your bag when your toddler calls ‘I'm hungry!’, and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated.
🔹Although these are a little higher in total fat than recommended, a lot of this comes from healthy chickpeas and tahini, so I’m not too worried! The saturated fat is within range at 1.9g/100g which is great.
🔹These are low in sugar (1.2g/100g) and salt (120mg/100g), both falling well below the recommended amounts - great for little kiddies.
🔹 In a small snack pack you’ll get 4.2g of protein which is great for growing toddlers and this will provide about 30% of their daily protein requirements!
🔶 The negatives
🔹Chickpeas and tahini are a great source of plant protein and are loaded with fibre so it is great they are in the product, however they only make up 38% of the hommus which means the rest of the hommus is water and acidity regulator! Other brands of hommus dip contain up to 86% of these ingredients in comparison. This is how they can make it shelf-stable.
🔹 As a result, these only contain 1.2g of fibre per serving (we want to try choose products that have 3g of fibre or more per serve is possible.)
🔹 These work out to be pretty pricey too at $69 per kg of product. You could get a whole tub of hummus for less than $10 per kg in comparison.
🔹 The breadsticks are ok but it would be better if they were a whole grain variety.
🔹I understand spelling of hummus/hommus varies considerably but ‘houmous’ seems a bit of a stretch.
🔶 The marketing
🔹’Ideal finger food’ - this is true, it all comes in nice little easy to handle pieces for your toddler.
🔹’Encourages self feeding’ to an extent as everything is small and will encourage your little ones to dip, dunk and chew.
🔹‘Suitable for 12 months’ - every toddler progresses differently, make sure yours has eaten foods similar to the textures offered in this snack pack before. Make sure they’re sitting down to eat too.
🔶 The alternatives
🔹While the packaging is nice and kid-friendly, I would recommend going for the Obela classic hummus and crackers instead! These are packaged in an on-the-go pack too and contain a much better quality hummus (WAY more actual chickpeas and tahini!). They also come with wholegrain rice crackers! These would need to be refrigerated though.
🔹A cheaper option would be buying a tub of hummus and a packet of wholegrain crackers yourself and making a snack pack!
🔹Have a bit more time on your hands? Why not try making your own hummus? It’s super easy and quick - check out this Toddler Mealtimes recipe:
Roast Pumpkin Hummus
1 cup / 200g roasted pumpkin
1 tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove
⅛ cup olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice or to taste
Pinch of salt
¼ - ½ cup water
Place pumpkin, chickpeas, garlic, oil and half of the lemon juice in a food processor and blend together.
Add water a little at a time and continue to blend, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add as much water to get the consistency desired.
Taste for seasoning and add additional lemon juice and salt
About Toddler Mealtimes
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About Baby Mealtimes
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About Mealtime Building Blocks
Dr Kyla Smith and Liz Beaton are paediatric dietitians specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla, Liz and Lauren here www.mealtimes.com.au