Whether you are a student or a mom, snacks can make up a huge part of your day. In fact, some people may get most of their calories from snacks instead of meals. When snacks are such a big part of your daily food intake, you want to be sure that they are healthy for you.
Foodies and nutritionists around the world are finding new ways to make classic foods healthier but one particular way is by adding or substituting unhealthy ingredients with lentils. Today, I will be talking about one specific type of lentil: chickpeas.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are popular in Mediterranean, South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. They can be bought dried or canned and are a great substitute for meat. However, the best part about these peas are the nutrients they are packed with.
Chickpeas are a great source of:
So if you are wondering what awesome snacks you can make using chickpeas, here is a round-up of delicious snacks:
Take chickpeas to a whole new level by using them in a dessert! This dessert hummus by Dietitian Kathleen Hernder is the perfect dip for apples or graham crackers and can also satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you love the taste of tandoori, then you will surely love this recipe by Dietitian Dixya! This recipe is the perfect snack with its bold colour and flavour and you can definitely also add them to soups and salads for a nice crunch.
Dietitian Roxana Begum is sharing these patties which make for a great meatless snack and are filled with lots of flavour from the addition of spices and herbs. They also have a variety of seeds added in making them very rich in fibre.
If you are a cookie dough fanatic but are always forced to limit how much cookie dough you eat, then you will love this recipe by Dietitian Emily Kyle. Instead of worrying about getting sick from raw cookie dough, you can use chickpeas to replicate the same consistency and make it healthier.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a beloved combination by many and chocolate peanut butter cups are easily available in the candy section of your grocery store. However, you can also just as easily make a healthier version yourself by adding chickpeas- and I promise you do not taste the chickpeas.
Meatballs are mostly known to sit on top of spaghetti but these meatballs make a perfect midday snack. Dietitian Katie Pfeffer-Scanlan is replicating a meaty meatball with chickpeas so even the non-vegetarians will approve!
While veggies on their own may not be the most appealing snack to many, a lot of people will not say no to veggies and dip. This creamy dip by Dietitian Brittany has a delicious sweet and tangy flavour that pairs well with a variety of vegetables or pita chips.
Hummus is gaining popularity as a great dip and also for how healthy it is. Not only can you easily make hummus at home, but this recipe by Dietitian Jodi Danen kicks it up a notch with extra flavour and some spice.
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