Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans, are members of the legume family, which includes other foods such beans, peanuts and lentils.
These lovely little legumes contain healthy protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Their high content of insoluble fibre is especially great as it can help to lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar and support a healthy digestive system. The legume food group is a great choice for lowing your risk of heart disease as legumes have low levels of saturated fat!
Chickpeas are commonly found in foods such curries, salads and vegetarian patties. Our recipe of the month for January takes a spin on a simple recipe – hummus. This tasty dish can be used as a snack (after you sweat it out at Hot Yoga of course!) or even as a sauce to accompany a main meal. It goes perfectly alongside a dish of roasted carrots and other tasty vegetables. Recipe below!
250 g cooked and drained chickpeas
2 tblsp lemon juice
2 tblsp tahini
pinch of sea salt & pepper
60–80 ml ice cold water
- Mix the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, and water in a food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture has a velvety texture. If needed, add more water until the mixture is light and creamy.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Store in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy!
Recipe with love from Teresa Cutter <3