Have you used chickpeas much before? They are a strange sounding ingredient and are available either dried or canned. You may prefer different options depending on what you are using them for but more about that shortly.
What are chickpeas?
They are a legume also known as garbanzo beans in some areas. They are grown in Middle Eastern countries for a long time and as such are often used in their cuisines.
Whilst they are not high in calories they are not as low as vegetables. A 56g portion of them contains 92 calories. This portion also contains 8% of the recommended daily intake of iron and 6g of protein.
The water they are soaked in or canned in is called aquafaba which is used by vegans as an egg substitute.
Why they are good for weight loss
The high protein and fibre in chickpeas are great for filling you up and as such perfect for weight loss. They limit the amount of other calories you eat as they are filling you up.
Low-calorie density foods like these are great to fill a portion of your plate with. They even have properties that support blood sugar control so great for those at risk of type 2 diabetes.
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Useful for budget meals
These are really cheap legumes with a can for around 35p and dried chickpeas even cheaper. Dried chickpeas need rehydrating and boiling before cooking. Rehydrating them is best done overnight.
Chickpea flour, known as gram flour, is used in many dishes such as onion bhajis. Aquafaba, the water from them, can be used as an egg replacement in meals so if you are on a tight budget consider this too.
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There are so many ways you can use them in recipes, here are just a few of my favourites.
Snacks and dips
Roast them in the oven to make something a little like nuts.
I recently made a chickpea cake, recipe for that coming soon!
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