This is the first post in a series of healthy snack options for Athletes - First up will be Chickpeas!
For me, meal planning is so important to help avoid over eating. Snacking is usually very spontaneous and impulsive as you are trying to satisfy a craving instantly. Having a well planned out game plan will help you fight those non healthy choices and keep your goals on track.
When planning my snacks, nutrient dense foods are important. Quality over quantity is something that I always recommend for snack selection. Protein and fiber options are always good as they will help you feel full and satisfied.
Chickpeas are one my go to choices for a quick and easy snack. Chickpeas also known as gran, garbanzo beans, Cecelia or Chana are all part of the fabacece family. Traditionally chickpeas were boiled or pressure cooked before eating and used in salad, stews, ground into flour or into balls fried for falafels or ground into a paste to make hummus.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and iron but they are also packed full of vitamins, minerals and Fibre! They contain Vitamin B6, C, potassium and fiber which all support healthy heart. As well, they contain Vitamin K, iron phosphate, calcium, magnesium, and zinc which all contribute to building and maintaining healthy bones.
Here are six roasted chickpea recipes, they are quick to make and all full of healthy ingredients - Enjoy!