Chick Chickpea Boom

Today’s little project, barring any allergies, is to eat some chickpeas (garbanzo beans)!   Even if you think you don’t like them.  I didn’t either for years cause the texture made me unhappy, but I was only exposed to them infrequently. The more I ate them the more normal they became, and if texture is a big barrier for you there’s still always the wonder that is hummus.  But you can also eat chickpeas on salad or in soup or I’m sure a million ways I’ve never tried, like mashing them and using them in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches.  I’m pretty sure Wendy’s has a Mediterranean Power Salad or some such thing that has chickpeas in it if you really need the fast food convenience. If you need to treat yourself to dinner out take a look at Indian or Greek options, lots of them love the garbanzo bean.

There are endless health benefits to the chickpea, which can lower your risk of heart disease by virtue of their high fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B-6. All that fiber lowers how much cholesterol is in your blood. Additionally the fiber, which keeps your colon healthy and also helps control your blood sugar levels, is great for diabetics and for getting rid of constipation. They’re also a great source of manganese which is important to bone development (chickpeas also contain calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin K to keep those bones strong) and aids in healing, and are even a big source of folate (B-9) which helps with new cell growth, DNA synthesis and repair, and brain cell communication and even helps to prevent cancer by preventing mutations in the DNA. Also on the cancer fighting front, chickpeas contain Selenium, a mineral that isn’t in most produce but aids liver function and helps detoxify cancer-causing compounds, while preventing inflammation and decreasing tumor growth rates. But we’re not done yet, garbanzo beans also have Saponins, which prevent cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. That vitamin C content mentioned earlier is also a strong antioxidant, which protects cells from free radical damage. Chickpeas are also shown to aid with blood pressure as they’re low-sodium and high potassium. Annnnd, they’re a huge vegetarian source of protein! It CAN be done!

If you need one more reason… The fiber in chickpeas will help you lose weight! They make you feel more full for longer periods and reduce your appetite, thereby decreasing your calorie intake and fighting obesity! If you’re not used to consuming a lot of fiber start slow on just how many chickpeas you start eating, hummus is addictive and it’s easy to eat the whole container if you don’t watch yourself, but going from low fiber to high without gradual increase can set you up for some major discomfort in the belly and digestive tract, so don’t feel like you have to eat ALL of the chickpeas today 🙂 Today they’re assigned, tomorrow you can just eat them cause you want to!

Okay so the song has nothing to do with chickpeas, but I didn’t want to search for a novelty chickpea song and for some reason all day when I was thinking about writing about chickpeas my brain was going chick-chicky-boom, so who am I to argue?

A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: Cuban Pete
Album: Best of Desi Arnaz

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