Chickpeas a Little Power House

  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

Ingredients:

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.

Directions:

 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.