Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are an excellent source of soluble fiber and aids in lowering cholesterol. Although chickpeas are a carbohydrate, they’re also a great source of protein. The combination of protein and fiber increases satiety, while stabilizing blood sugar. Chickpeas also contain high levels of choline and selenium, which reduce inflammation in the body and aid in thyroid function.

Try Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas recipe to get your daily dose of chickpeas!

Makes 4 servings

One 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed (I recommend the Eden brand, which have been soaked with kombu for improved digestibility and mineral content)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. After rinsing chickpeas, allow to dry thoroughly on paper towels. Toss in bowl along with olive oil, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and sea salt. Mix until chickpeas are thoroughly coated and season to taste. Spread out on a sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until crunchy.

Nutrition facts per serving: 235 calories, 6 grams fat, 32 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams protein

These crunchy, spicy chickpeas are a great alternative to chips and make for an excellent finger food or salad topper. Whether you’re looking for a satisfying snack or a volumizing party food, this recipe for Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas will hit the spot! How do you add chickpeas to your diet? Let me know on Facebook!

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