Dear Leah Renee,
I need a high protein snack that will fill me up and keep me going that’s NOT a protein bar! I want real food. Do you have any ideas?! Thanks! ~Suzi, CA
Tasty, crunchy, healthy, protein & fiber filled! Meet the chickpea (also known as garbanzo beans). Step aside hummus, there’s more ways to prepare these versatile beans. These are easy to make, and can have many flavor variations depending on the spices you choose to use, and can make them either sweet or savory. They are one of my very favorite snacks because it satisfies my love for crunchy and salty while packing fiber, protein, and essential B vitamins for energy, and minerals. A lot different to opening a bag of chips!
Chickpea Health Benefits:
- Great source of folate, also referred to as folic acid, is a B-complex vitamin that allows our nerves to function properly and supports cell production, especially skin cells, and with circulation
- Can help prevent anemia since it supports red blood cell production.
- Promotes heart health
- An excellent source of manganese, a mineral that our bodies cannot produce ourselves, which helps to protect our cells from free radical damage, help keep bones strong and healthy
- Stable blood sugar levels due to high fiber and protein content
- Chickpeas are a good source of iron which us women tend to lack!
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (if canned, drained and rinsed)
- 2 teaspoons EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)**
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of (pick none, one, or two) whatever herbs & spices you like. My favorites are: garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, taco seasoning, cumin, lemon pepper, italian herb blend, cayenne if you like it spicy, and curry powder
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans in a strainer. Pat dry. Completely dry. If skipped, they will not come out crispy! Remove any loose skin.
- In a medium sized bowl (delicately) mix the chickpeas with the olive oil, sea salt, and spices until coated.
- Arrange the chickpeas on a baking sheet making sure they are in one single layer not overlapping each other.
- Bake for 15 minutes, toss well, and bake another 15 minutes.
- Allow them to cool before enjoying!
- **In place of the oil, you can use 1 egg white
- Additional options: You can make a sweet version by adding some honey and spices like cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and coating with honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup, or brown sugar.
Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods, George Mateljan