Benefits of Eating More Chickpeas & Lentils #ChooseChickapea

A big part of my healthy journey is being more aware of what I eat. There are some foods that make me feel great and other foods that do not. I love to eat and cook for my family so educating myself on the benefits of different kinds of foods was important.

You may not realize it, but when it comes to healthy eating, chickpeas and lentils are your friends. Really! Sometimes overlooked, both of these legumes are probably more versatile than you think. Keep reading, to learn more about the benefits of including them in your diet.

Chickpeas

Often referred to as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are extremely high and protein and dietary fiber. One cup of cooked beans provide you with 15 grams of protein that’s vegetarian-friendly to boot. This protein gets broken down into amino acids, which helps to maintain healthy body tissue.

There are 12.5 grams of fiber in one cup of cooked garbanzo beans. Fiber is beneficial in numerous ways including staving off constipation and controlling blood sugar levels. This amount of fiber provides 50 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake for women and 33 percent for men.

Chickpeas are also a good source of folate and manganese. Manganese is essential, when it comes to the support of wound healing and bone development. Folate (vitamin B-9) helps with new cell growth  and also protects against cancer-causing genetic mutations. Sixteen ounces of beans contain more than 75 percent of the daily requirements of this vitamin and mineral alike.

Lentils

Each time you eat lentils, you’re helping your body more than you know. Here’s how. First of all, lentils have the ability to reduce your risk of heart disease. Several different studies prove this fact. Like garbanzo beans, lentils contain folate. Folate lowers your homocysteine levels that, in turn, reduces the risk of heart attack.

Many people who are trying to lose weight include lentils in their diet. They contain virtually no fat in are very low in calories. One cup of cooked lentils, which do a good job of making you feel full, contains only 230 calories.

You may feel more energetic, the next time you eat lentils. Fiber and complex carbs increase your body’s slow-burning energy. Iron assists in transporting oxygen throughout your system as well. Oxygen is good, when it comes to energy levels.

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These are just a few benefits of eating more chickpeas and lentils. Both of these pantry staples are wonderful in salads or soups. You can even roast them when you’re in the mood for a yummy snack. Armed with these facts, let the recipe search begin! Why not consider eating them today?

An easy and yummy way to increase your chickpea and lentils is to add Chickapea pasta to your pantry. You may have seen me sharing a couple recipes I have created with this easy to cook nutritious pasta.

With the winter months almost here, we all want more comfort foods. You can still have them with this alternative to traditional pasta.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta Bake

  • 2 tbls butter
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 3 tbls flour
  • 2 cups milk (1 %)
  • a bay leaf
  • one head cauliflower, roughly chopped bite sized
  • 1/2 box of Chickapea Spirals pasta or Penne
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
Directions
  1. Melt butter in large pan, add in onion. Turn to medium heat and stir in flour.
  2. Boil water and cook pasta as directed on box
  3. Turn up heat on pan and add milk, bringing to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, simmer and add salt, pepper and Bay leaf
  5. Simmer for 5 mins
  6. Add in cauliflower, stir and cover. Cook for 10 minutes
  7. Remove bay leaf
  8. Scoop everything into a oven safe container. Mix pasta with cauliflower mixture
  9. Add in cheese
  10. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes
  11. Remove , garnish with partly and serve.

Next time you make pasta for dinner, why not give Chickapea a try. You can buy it online or locally. See where to buy here.

Disclosure- I am a Chickapea ambassador. Compensation will be received in exchange for my involvement with this program. As always, all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Ooooh I am so sold on this recipe! 🙂 It sounds perfect for these cold fall days

  2. That cheesy cauliflower bake looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! Chickapea Pasta is amazing!

  3. This really looks so delicious and I am going to look for that Chickapea pasta.

  4. Really want to get a hold of this pasta! What a tasty recipe!

  5. Well the recipe certainly looks great, I will give it a try for sure because it sounds like it will be a healthy option for my family and me!

  6. I would love to try this pasta. I have been eating a lot more chickpeas and black beans lately.

  7. I must try this pasta! And the cauliflower bake looks yummy.

  8. Elizabeth O says

    I love chick peas and use them in my cooking quite a bit. I like lentils too but, they don’t always sit well with my stomach… I enjoy them anyway.

  9. This looks like something I could try and actually get away with….LOL…Not a fan of cauliflower though…

  10. I’ve never heard of this pasta before – I’ll have to check it out! Have you ever tried roasting chick peas with cinnamon? It sounds crazy but I swear it’s amazing!

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