Snacking Well

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and if your life is entwined with the scholastic calendar like mine is, you will hopefully understand why! Now that October is well underway and the boys are settled into their new routines (new schools for all three this year!) I can hopefully focus a little more attention back on other things.

One thing that I’ve been meaning to blog about for awhile are a great packaged snack option – roasted chickpeas. I’ve talked about roasting your own chickpeas before and how delicious and nutritious they can be, but what if you can’t or don’t want to make them yourself? What if you are out and about looking for a good crunchy snack option in a store? I’ve seen these in a couple of grocery stores and at least one coffee shop so I have hope that this type of healthy snack will start to trickle down to other stores soon.

There are two different types of roasted chickpeas I’ve tried over the past year and I like them both. one is The Good Bean. The flavors are sea salt, cracked pepper, chili & lime and cinnamon. I’ve tried the cinnamon and thought they were very good. Each package has 2 servings, and although the cinnamon does have some sugar added, it’s just a touch and doesn’t add much to the overall nutrition profile. Each serving has lots of protein and fiber, as well as a little healthy fat; this is the right combination to keep you full and satisfied longer! The second brand of roasted chickpeas I’ve tried is from Biena. Their flavors are honey roasted, barbeque, sea salt, and cinnamon maple. I’ve tried the honey roasted and loved them. Once again there are about 2 servings per container and they have lots of fiber and protein without tons of added sugar or unhealthy fat. Just lots of great crunch!

One thing you need to keep in mind if you choose a chickpea snack, is to make sure you have plenty of water to wash them down. These are high in fiber and you’ll need to drink plenty of fluids with them!  I also wouldn’t recommend eating the entire bag at one sitting unless you are already used to a high fiber diet. That would give you about 12 grams of fiber which is almost as much as the typical American eats in a day (about 15 grams). So even though they are very yummy, don’t overindulge right away! Enjoy your chickpeas in moderation!

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