Chickpeas, otherwise known as Garbanzo Beans, are members of the legume family. Tasty and incredibly healthy, these diverse little beans can be easily added to any diet. They can be used in salads, chili, curries, stir-fries, casseroles, soups, and of course- hummus. Hummus is one of my favorite snacks. It’s delicious, healthy, quick to make and the kids will gobble it up every time. See below for a basic hummus recipe, and follow the link for more delicious variations.
In an earlier post I mentioned that I was trying to get more fibre in my diet, and eating chickpeas is another tasty way to do just that. 2 cups of chickpeas contain your entire daily portion of fibre. So, a snack of broccoli and hummus, for example, will get you well on your way to a healthy fibre filled diet and a happy tummy.
Fun fact: eating 1/3cup per day will help regulate blood-sugar and insulin levels
My Favorite Hummus Recipe:
(This recipe comes from a fantastic website: Amy Layne Paradigm Blog)
1 Can Chickpeas drained and rinsed
1/2 Cup Chickpea Water (from can)
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Tamari
3 Garlic Cloves
3 tbsp Tahini (sesame butter)
1/4tsp lemon juice
Put everything in a food processer or blender and blend until smooth. Add the liquid slowly, until it reaches the right consistency.
Use it as a dip for veggies, a sandwich spread, or even a salad dressing. My absolute favorite is on a homemade biscuit with a slice of avocado. Yum!
The Chickpea, and why it is Awesome. | Rachel Hardy