Snacks are my weakness. Eating healthy meals throughout the day is easy, but nighttime snacking is where I struggle. Generally, plain popcorn with olive oil, spices and sea salt is my go-to healthy snack, but every once in a while, I need to mix it up.
A friend of mine introduced me to roasted chickpeas a few years ago, and they’re such a great healthy snack! They’re only 120 calories per serving (10 from fat), contain 6 grams of protein and fiber, and have less than a gram of sugar. Throw in a few spices and a sprinkle of olive oil and you have the perfect crunchy, tasty, low fat, low sugar treat.
(FYI – they’re also known as garbanzo beans, which is what you’ll likely find on the label at the grocery store.)
I use sea salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper for seasoning, but feel free to use curry powder or any of your favorite spices.
Bonus: You can also use roasted chickpeas as a healthy crouton topping!
|Spicy Roasted Chickpeas|| |
- 1 can chickpeas, drained
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Drain chickpeas, rinse with cold water and pat dry.
- Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and roll chickpeas in oil until thoroughly coated. (Or spray chickpeas if you have olive oil spray.) Season with sea salt, garlic powder and a tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
- Roast for 30-40 minutes until chickpeas are golden brown and crunchy, flipping them halfway through. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.