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Energy Boosting Snack for Sluggish Days: Herb Roasted Chickpeas

February 2, 2016

 

I have been craving this recipe for a couple weeks and I’m so glad I’m sharing it with you today. Roasted chickpeas are packed with protein, fibre and other beautiful nutrients. My go-to afternoon snack lately has been roasted chickpeas with nuts & seeds. I crave roasted chickpeas especially on days when I feel a bit sluggish. This high-protein snack always give me the quick energy boost I need on those days.

 

Roasted chickpeas are so easy to enjoy. I like to pack them in a mason jar together with some of my favourites nuts & seeds: almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. They also make great salad and pasta toppers.

 

Okay, before we start making this delicious protein packed snack, I want to share what makes it perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Personally, I crave more snacks in the Luteal Phase, which usually starts two weeks before period begins. The craving can be explained by the rise of progesterone during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Besides the amazing health benefits progesterone has (to find out what those benefits are, read more in this blog post, this hormone can make you crave more snacks between meals and feel more sluggish than usual.

 

Chickpeas are rich in vitamin B6, the nutrient needed for supporting the synthesis and metabolism of progesterone. Rich in protein and fibre, chickpeas ease cravings by improving blood sugar balance.

 

Chickpeas:

 

Protein

 

Contains 15g protein per cup. When the body digest protein, it’s broken down into amino acids to maintain healthy functions of your organs, immune system and the brain. Having quality protein is also key for coping with stress. Chickpeas are a source of incomplete protein, which means it doesn’t have all the essential amino acids. Make sure to pair them with nuts and it together they make a great snack.

 

Fiber

 

One cup contains approximately half of your daily requirement of fiber. This nutrient help to beautify the skin and give you sustainable energy throughout the day.

 

B6

 

Provide half of your daily requirement of B6. This nutrient is essential in hormone synthesis and detoxification.

 

I believe good self-care is about embracing the natural rhythm of your body. This is especially true 2 weeks before period begins. It’s about respecting the natural flow of your body and supporting it with nourishing food you enjoy. It might take time to understand your particular rhyme. Keeping a wellness journal is great way to get to know how your body works. Give it try with my template Well-being-Journal_SweetandSavouryHealth.

 

Okay, let’s get started. I will see you in the kitchen:

 

 

Herb Roasted Chickpeas

 

Serves 6

 

Crispy and packed with flavour. These protein-packed chickpeas make a perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

 

Prep Time

5 min

Total Time

30 min

 

Ingredients

  • 2 (14oz. or 398ml) cans chickpeas

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp dried herb (I like oregano or tarragon)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F

  2. Drain and rinse the chickpea in a colander. Pat dry.

  3. Grease a large cookie sheet with about 1 tsp coconut oil.

  4. Toss the chickpea with the remaining coconut oil and salt.

  5. Bake for 20-25 min.

  6. Toss the chickpeas with dried herbs and enjoy!

Notes

  • Tip: Add the herbs after the chickpeas are baked. Otherwise the herbs will get burned and leave a bitter taste.

 

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