No, although very similar, these beans have nothing in common with any character from Sesame Street. Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas (both the same thing), are a fun, tasty, and versatile ingredient in many dishes.
Whether served sweet or spicy, cold or hot, there are many benefits provided by chickpeas:
- Fat free source of protein, folic acid, manganese, iron, copper, magnesium and molybendum.
- Lower risk of heart disease: Regular consumption of chickpeas or garbanzo beans can lower bad cholesterol and total cholesterol levels.
- Iron: Chickpeas can boost your energy because of their iron content. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells.
- Weight Loss: Due to high fiber content, chickpeas are good for weight loss diets by keeping you fuller longer.
- Manganese: An essential cofactor in a number of enzymes in energy production and antioxidant defenses.
- Calcium: Some sources quote it as equal to milk and yogurt.
- Good for women: Garbanzos contain phytochemicals called saponins, which act as antioxidants, could lower the risk of breast cancer, and protects against osteoporosis. They also minimize hot flashes in post menopausal women.
To incorporate these little spheres in your diet, try topping your salad with some right out of the can (be sure to rinse first if high in sodium), or blending with garlic, tahini, paprika, parsley, touch of olive oil, and red pepper for an awesome hummus.
|Use cut up raw veggies instead of chips for more nutrition and less calories.|
If you don't feel like going through the prep-work for muliple ingredient recipes, but would like something more than just chickpeas from a can, try toasting a can using your favorite seasonings.
Here's a recipe to help get you started:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
|They don't always look this pretty, but they all taste great!!|
As usual, if you feel your recipe is lacking a certain something.....just add cayenne! Now go make some chickpeas!