Welcome to this week’s chickpea spotlight (also known as garbanzo beans)! Each week we have a new vegetable spotlight and associated recipe.
Originally cultivated back to approximately 3000 BC in the Mediterranean and the middle east. Chickpeas were grown by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. During the 16th century, the Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought them to subtropical regions. Currently, the main countries that produce chickpeas are India, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Mexico.
So how can chickpeas help you?
- 1/2 cup of chickpeas is 134 calories. While higher than most vegetables, you’re left feeling full from the amount of protein and fiber content.
- Encourages Digestive Health with their fiber content. 1/2 cup of chickpeas contains 25% of your daily needs. The fiber content also helps balance your body’s pH level by having an alkalizing effect (most western diets create a high level of acidity in your body). It also increases healthy gut bacteria.
- Creates Energy with the protein and manganese and iron content
- Great Plan Protein Source! Especially beneficial for those who are vegetarians or anyone trying to find ways to cut down on their meat consumption. This helps with energy, building muscle, and making you feel full longer.
- Regulates blood sugar with protein and fiber content and give sustained fuel for our bodies.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s Chickpea Spotlight! Stop by on Saturday for our Chickpea Recipe!