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Chick Pea Living

By New You Editorial
Posted On Jul 23, 2013

New You Health Tip: Eat more chickpeas for a versatile addition to a diet begging for healthy options.

Not only can chickpeas spruce up meals like salads, chili, or curry, they also contribute to a feeling of satiety without the guilt. Studies show that those who add chickpeas (commonly known as garbanzo beans) to their meals feel full, and satisfied longer. A serving of these light beans provides a significant source of fiber, contributing to digestive health; protein, great for vegetarians needing a supplement; and manganese, providing 84.5% of the RDA providing long lasting energy and a source of antioxidants. Additionally garbanzos provide a significant source of iron, which contributes to energy production and a boosted metabolism.

DIY Hummus: Want to get creative and spend 10 minutes or less prepping your beans? Hummus is a delicious option to whip your chickpeas into a creamy, delicious creation. Hummus is a perfect dip for veggies, spread on your whole wheat bread, or snack by the spoonful.

Here’s How:

1. Take one 16 oz can of garbanzo beans, ¼ cup of olive oil, a clove of garlic, two tablespoons of lemon, 1 ½ tablespoons of tahini, a pinch of salt, and throw it into a food processor. Add water for desired consistency.
2. Add olive oil and desired seasoning for a taste you know you’ll enjoy.
3. Optional: Add avocado to the mix for a green take on your traditional hummus.