Chickpeas also known as garbanzos beans were originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Toady they are widely used and are a great source of protein. Chickpeas are super low in calories. Below I have included a simple recipe for roasted chickpeas. Measure out a ½ cup for a 100 calorie snack!
One cup of cooked chickpeas contains 269 calories, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of protein, 13 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of fat and 0 grams of cholesterol. A one-cup serving of raw chickpeas provides 50% of daily potassium needs, 2% vitamin A, 21% calcium,13% vitamin C, 69% iron, 2% sodium, 55% vitamin B-6 and 57% magnesium. Additionally, chickpeas contain vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, choline and selenium with protein.
Chickpeas provide long lasting energy to get you through a rough morning or long afternoon. Like the title says, Chickpeas are a Little Power House!
Basic Recipe for Roasted Chickpeas with Salt and Pepper
1 15 ounce can of chickpeas
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
Mix it up a little try other seasonings such as, 1 teaspoon McCormick of GrillMates Barbecue seasoning or Cumin or even Old Bay, Chickpeas are very versatile you can add whatever spice you like.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rinse and drain chickpeas. Lay on a paper towel and pat dry. Some of the skins may come off , just discard them.
Once dry, combine the chickpeas, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl and stir.
Spread chickpeas evenly on baking sheet and place in the oven.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until crispy. Cooking times may vary according to your oven.