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Nutrition Bag Friday- Chickpeas

Posted Apr 01 2011 3:49pm
I looooove chickpeas!  Hands down my favorite legume.

Benefits of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans):
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Excellent source of protein
  • Provide a wide variety of nutrients such as iron, zinc, potassium and folate
  • Considered both a vegetable and a protein food and can be counted as either

Nutrition Information for Unsalted Chickpeas:

Nutrition Facts Label for Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans): Fruits & Veggies More

According to the new 2010  Dietary Guidelines for Americans,  the recommended intake of legumes for someone following a 2,000 calorie diet is 1.5 cups per week.  Adding chickpeas into your diet can help you meet that amount in a healthy way.

And even though National Nutrition Month is now over, it is important to eat with color all year round.  Here is a recipe I made this week that is chock full of different colors and features chickpeas!

Colorful Chickpea Salad:
 Inspired by Argo Tea- Makes two servings

  • 1.5 cups cooked and cooled chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots, diced
  • 2-3 tbsp balsamic dressing
  • Salt, pepper, garlic salt, and cumin to taste

Combine chickpeas, cranberries, red and green pepper, and carrots.  Toss with 2 tbsp balsamic dressing and add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and cumin to taste, add more dressing if needed.  Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and serve cold.

I love the cumin flavor in this recipe!  I used about a 1/2 tbsp and it was pretty strong, so others might prefer a little less.  Give this colorful recipe a try and enjoy a healthy dose of antioxidants!

Happy eating!
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