In this contemporary era, many people are looking for ways to consume a more nutritious diet that will contribute to vitality and weight maintenance. If this is your health objective, you should know that chickpeas may be right up your alley.
To learn more about the health benefits of chickpeas and several brilliant ways to prepare them, consider the information found below:
As many health experts know, the nutritional benefits of chickpeas are immense. In addition to being known for their high fiber and protein content, chickpeas also contain a plethora of important minerals and vitamins that contribute to human health. Each cup of cooked chickpeas we consume contains 269 calories in addition to 45 grams worth of carbohydrates. The cup also contains 13 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein. In the event that you ate a cup of raw chickpeas, you would obtain 50% of your daily potassium requirements, 21% calcium, 69% iron, 13% vitamin C, 57% magnesium, and 55% vitamin B-6. Chickpeas also contain manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus, folate, selenium, choline, and vitamin K.
Health Benefits Of Chickpeas
The health benefits of chickpeas are profound. In addition to reducing the painful and health-compromising effects of diabetes and cancer, chickpeas help stabilize blood pressure and improve bone health. They also contribute to heart health, reduce inflammation, foster regularity, improve digestion, and lower cholesterol.
Three Brilliant Ways To Use Chickpeas
There are literally hundreds of ways that you can prepare chickpeas. Here are just a few of several easy party food ideas you may want to look into:
To make hummus, puree your chickpeas with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and tahini. This makes a quick and tasty treat which can be used as a spread or dip for freshly chopped vegetables like zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, or cucumbers. Also know that hummus is oftentimes enjoyed when eaten by itself.
2. Chickpea Curry.
The recipe for chickpea curry is fairly simple. Simply heat a bit of oil in your frying pan and stir in the following items: cloves, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, cayenne, salt, and turmeric. Cook the mixture for 1 minute (stir constantly). Next, mix in your chickpeas as well as their liquid. Keep cooking until all of your ingredients are heated through and blended well. Then remove them from the heat. Right before serving the chickpea curry, stir in your cilantro.
3. Chickpea Tofu.
Interestingly, there are quite a few wonderful dishes you can make that include chickpea flour. One of the great chickpea flour recipes is chickpea tofu. Chickpea tofu is an absolutely amazing recipe for those who love tofu but want to steer clear of the soy found in the product. This recipe calls for 1 cup chickpea flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground turmeric, 3 cups of water, and some natural flavored oil like sunflower and canola. To make the dish, put your chickpea flour in the bowl with the turmeric and salt. Whisk everything together and then add 1 1/2 of the water. Lightly oil your cake tin or baking dish. Next, bring what remains of your water to a boiling temperature. Then remove your heat to medium-high before adding your water mixture and chickpea flour. Whisk until this mixture is glossy and thick. Pour the mixture onto your baking dish and let it cool (at room temperature) for a minimum of one hour.
If you’re serious about leading a healthier lifestyle, you should know that incorporating chickpeas into your diet can help. Review the nutritional data and recipes listed above to get yourself on the track to vitality, increased energy, and the regular consumption of delicious, nutritious meals!
By Tully Rickets, a life long traveler with interests in ethnic food and healthy living. When he’s not blogging about healthy behaviors, he enjoys researching new ideas for his book from many blogs and health related websites.
In Iran we use chickpeas in many food recipes such as in stews, soups and rice dishes.