When stabilizing blood sugar, every bite counts. In a world where snacks are typically convenience foods that only end up derailing us, we here at R.I.P.P.E.D. want to remind you that the key to shedding fat and preserving lean muscle is all about combining your macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs), and eating at sensible meal intervals the correct amount of food for your body. Many people focus solely on their three square meals per day, and throw all logic out the window for their snacks. What’s wrong with a banana or a bag of popcorn for a snack? On the surface, nothing at all; both are “healthy” foods that are low in fat and contain fiber, but when eaten alone, these foods turn to sugar in our bodies, leaving us hungry and craving more carbs. So be sure to balance out any high carbohydrate snacks with proper ratios of fat and protein. A good choice: these roasted chickpeas. These little poppers are the perfect snack food for those who like salty treats. Chickpeas contain zinc, folate, fiber and protein. The tiny bit of olive oil you toss them in provides heart healthy fat. Add a bit of protein, like hard boiled egg whites or some lean turkey, and you’ve got a balanced and healthy snack while you’re on the run.
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rinse and drain your chickpeas and dry with a paper towel.
- Toss chickpeas with all remaining ingredients.
- Bake on a single layer sheet for 38-40 minutes, or until the chickpeas are crunchy.