It doesn’t matter if you call them garbanzo beans or chickpeas (both are fun), these legumes are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Here’s why we love them:
💛 Protein (Plant-based, even!)
You’ll get a nice portion of protein at 14.5 grams in a 1 cup serving.
They offer 12.5 grams of fiber in a 1 cup serving. This helps boost good gut bacteria and keeps your bathroom trips regular.
💛 Vitamins and Minerals
Chickpeas are especially high in manganese at 74% of your daily value per cup, folate (vitamin B9) comes in at 71% DV, copper at 64% DV, iron 26% DV, zinc 23% DV, phosphorus 22% DV, magnesium 19% DV, and there are also double-digits of thiamine, B6, selenium, and potassium.
The combo of fiber and protein in garbanzo beans will help keep you feeling satisfied and control your appetite.
Buy them canned and they’re ready to go as a quick way to add protein, fiber, and vitamins to anything. Put them in your salad, mash them up for hummus, roast them in the over for a crunchy snack, or just season them and eat them straight out of the can! They’re great to have on-hand in the pantry for when a dish needs a nutritious boost.
💛 Iron Boost and Brain Health
Further human studies are needed, but it’s suggested that the varied nutrient profile of chickpeas may help support brain function and mental health. The choline they contain combined with iron help boost production of neurotransmitters and red blood cells so everything fires as it should.