Over the years, there has been much research on the benefits of consuming chickpeas during pregnancy. This is what has been concluded thus far: It is common to gain weight during pregnancy. Chickpeas help to maintain a healthy weight by containing fiber, which helps keep you fuller longer.
- More importantly, they are good for your heart. Chickpeas have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, along with other legumes.
- These beans offer a steady boost of energy that doesn’t plummet later and leave you fatigued.
- During pregnancy, you are eating for two! This means you need more quality nourishment and junk food won’t cut it. Your body requires higher amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. A cup of chickpeas contains 12 grams of dietary fiber and 15 grams of protein.
- Chickpeas are a great source of iron and vitamin B6 which are essential for the growing fetus.
- Lots of people haven’t even heard of choline - but it’s found in chickpeas and is crucial for brain and nerve developments.
- One cup of chickpeas packs 65% of your daily manganese requirement during pregnancy. Manganese is also an essential nutrient for your unborn baby, aiding in skeletal development.
- Protein, antioxidants, vitamins - these are all widely talked about when nutrition comes up. Copper, zinc and selenium aren’t as well known, but these natural antioxidants protect babies from the damage caused by free radicals and help prevent many diseases.
Found at: “8 Serious Effects of Chickpeas During Pregnancy.” MomJunction. http://www.momjunction.com/articles/serious-effects-of-chickpeas-during-pregnancy_0083594/
What You Need: (makes approximately 7 servings per 2 cans of garbanzos used)
1-2 cans chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
1-2 large cookie sheets
Medium mixing bowl/s
1 clean dish towel
Any desired spices, sugar, salt, and fun add-ins*
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F on convection. Rinse the garbanzo beans in a strainer. Pour them on to the dish towel and gently pat dry. Leave them on the towel to air-dry for 5-10 minutes. They should feel matte when you touch them.
Once the beans have dried, pour them into a bowl. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil per 2 cans of beans and toss. Do not add the spices yet.
Put the beans on a cookie sheet lined with one piece of parchment paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes, rotating the pan at about 10 minutes. They are done when they are golden and crispy.
Transfer to the bowl used for mixing and combine with spices/sugar/add-ins. Enjoy!
These are best right out of the oven when they are warm and crispy. As they cool, they get deliciously chewy.
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Nutritional Facts (per ½ cup)
fat: 4 grams
protein: 6 grams
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