Roasted Chickpea Nibbles
Kids love these roasted chickpea nibbles. You can change up your ingredients for anything you think your kids (or you) may like. You could use rosemary and lemon zest, balsamic vinegar and sea salt, Cajun spices, or sweeter combinations like cinnamon and a heathy sweetener.
4 Servings – 60 Minutes
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1-2 tablespoon sugar (coconut, maple, or other lower GI sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 cups chickpeas (you can cook your own, or use canned organic beans. You must rinse well, and dry with paper towel)
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon ground paprika
- Pinch or 2 of cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoon oil (avocado or rice bran oil can withstand this higher temperature)
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
In a large bowl, toss together the beans and all of the ingredients, including the oil. Spread the beans out in single layer on a cooking tray lined with baking paper.
Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so, and removing them when they are thoroughly cooked, roasted and crispy (not so soft in the center).
Go nuts! Yum
Resistant starch and your gut
These are a perfect snack for humane beings, big or small. It’s a great way to get some resistant starch into your life. I’m finding many people are not eating enough resistant starch, which is needed to provide fuel for enterocytes to help increase bowel flora.
Long time Paleo advocates really need to pay attention to this one. Cold potatoes, legumes, oats, and grains are all very high in resistant starches, but very low in Paleo diets.
If you starve your bacteria of resistant starch, they decrease in numbers, which provides opportunity for harmful bacteria to come in and take their place. This can trigger leaky gut, inflammation, and all sorts of nasties.
Bacteria are needed to;
- Process carbohydrates
- Make folate for good mood (serotonin)
- Make vitamin K2 for bone health
- Support bile acid metabolism for fat breakdown
- Keep excess histamine, phenols, and ammonia at bay
- Make tyrosine for thyroid (TSH) production, cortisol regulation, & dopamine production (mood, motivation, memory).
- Keep the membranes of the gastrointestinal system in good health (no more leaky gut!)
- Keep UTI’s at bay
- Reduce sugar cravings and bloating.
- Keep your skin looking good,
- Reduce inflammation
- Help recycling hormones
- Keep you regular! The more time waste spends in your gut, the more toxins you keep recycling.
Our bodies are 90% bacterial cells, and only 10% human cells. Think about this at your next meal. Do you want to feed your mind (what do you THINK you need?…. cheese? sugar? bread?), or do you want to feed the little guys that steer the ship.