Are you looking for a new snack idea…. a HEALTHY snack idea? Have you ever thought about Crunchy Chickpeas… Internationally inspired exotic and all-natural flavors make these organic chickpeas an irresistible and healthy snack. They come in three flavors, Wasabi, Falafel and Bombay Spice. I liked the Wasabi best while my husband and kids like Bombay Spice. They are great on their own or in a trial mix or salad!
Chickpeas are very good for you, two to three tablespoons equate to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables. Chickpeas also contain phytoestrogens which are weak plant versions of real oestrogen. There’s evidence that these may modulate the body’s own production of the hormone in a way that could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimise hot flushes in post-menopausal women.
Being such a good provider of so many different nutrients, chickpeas can offer many advantages when it comes to weight loss and a healthy diet. They are low in fat and one of the very best sources of both soluble and insoluble fibre – this means that they can be effective in helping to reduce your overall cholesterol levels, and perhaps more importantly, your bad, or LDL, cholesterol levels. They’re a fantastic source of carbohydrates for those that have an insulin sensitivity or who suffer from diabetes and their high folate content (a type of soluble vitamin B) can help to reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer, and can also help to lower your body’s level of homocysteine, a type of amino acid.
By including chickpeas in your healthy diet, you’ll also benefit from the high levels of calcium and magnesium that they provide – the latter of which can help to prevent cardiovascular disease. If you’re looking to chickpeas to help with weight loss, then rest assured that they can help to control hunger pangs due to their high fibre and protein content. They’re also a great source of iron and rich in other minerals too, such as phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
Thanks to Saffron Roads for sending me these samples I was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own. Resources Mail Online & Kirstys