Haven’t added chickpeas to your meal plan? It’s time to get behind these little guys. The garbanzo bean comes from the pulse family of plants, grows feathery leaves with purple-blue flowers, and yields about three peas per pod. There are two types of chickpeas available: the Kabuli and Desi types. While they might be different in color, they are both loaded with benefits. The chickpea originated in the Middle East around 3000 BC and are now regarded as a high protein health food.
Falling victim to food cravings is a problem a lot of people face on a daily basis. Luckily for us, chickpeas are here to save the day. Chickpeas have the wonderful ability to satiate without being high calorie and still providing a healthy dose of nutrients to the body. The great news is that you don’t need to eat a ton to reap the rewards. About ⅓ of a cup can provide blood sugar benefits, reduce cholesterol, and provide digestive tract support. In addition to curbing cravings, this legume provides a unique set of antioxidants, making it a must-have snack for any nutrition buff.
Chickpeas have a mild, nutty taste and a buttery texture that compliments most meals. They can be added to salads and homemade soups. Traditionally, hummus is made with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil; this spread compliments veggies and rice crackers as a snack. Our Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip and Protein Boost both come with this super-satisfying dip. Having this legume on your grocery list is a healthy and tasty way to get the most bangs for your buck!