Fresh Sheet…Chickpeas Part II

It’s snack time!
As dietitians, people often ask us if snacking is healthy and what truly constitutes a healthy snack option. The North American style of eating has made snacks the fourth meal and now must of our calories come from snacking. But it’s important to remember that snacks are mini meals, not a whole chip bag! Snacks are meant to energize and satisfy us between meals, but not necessarily be another meal. When it comes to snacks, it’s all about what you eat, how much you eat and why you’re eating (are you truly hungry, bored or just cause).

Snacks are healthy options when they are high in nutrition and energize our bodies and mind. Many of us look for full flavour and texture in snacks, so we’ve got some tasty ideas that will satisfy your belly and tastebuds. Roasted chickpeas make a nutritious option because they are are high in fibre and offer some protein and iron too. And of course, they are super tasty! Roasted chickpeas have a chewy and crunchy texture that’s fun to eat. Whether you’re craving something sweet, savoury or spicy, we’ve got a recipe to suit your tastebuds. These delectable snacks are perfect for packing in lunches, nibbling at a party, as an appetizer or enjoyed while cheering on your favourite sports team. They are simple to make and can easily be prepared a couple of days ahead.

Spicy Thai Roasted Chickpeas
1-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas or 14oz/390mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp oil
1-1/2 tsp Sirachi sauce or rooster sauce
2 tsp lime juice

See roasting instructions below.

Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
I’ve tried a variety of sweet flavoured roasted chickpeas and this recipe is my favourite. This delicious mix of ingredients was created by Sarah Matheny from Peas and Thank You.  
1-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas or 14oz/390mL can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

See roasting instructions below.

Rosemary Lemon Savoury Roasted Chickpeas
1-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas or 14oz/390mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
pinch of salt

See roasting instructions below.

Roasting Chickpeas Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with a little oil. In a large bowl, combine chickpeas with flavourful ingredients and toss to coat well.
Spread chickpeas on prepared baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes, stirring half way through. Allow to cool slightly before eating. Store in an air-tight container and enjoy within 2 weeks.


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