“Beans, beans, good for your heart…

…the more you eat, the less chance of developing diabetes.”

From the other room i hear, “the party doesn’t start in 5 minutes, the party starts NOW!”  This is the video game i hear my kids playing.  Since they’re only allowed to play games on the weekend (mean mommy,) i take this time to see what all the hoopla is about…… roasted chick peas.

Considered one of the most ancient foods, it is a cheap form of low-fat protein, good for your heart, lowers blood pressure, lowers certain forms of cancer and has a hefty dose of fiber.  And according to research from Oxford University in England, a diet rich in chick peas and other legumes improved all aspects of diabetes control by lowering/stabilizing blood sugars and improving triglyceride levels.

It’s so easy! Open a can of garbanzo beans- that’s their secret spy agent name. Rinse, dry with paper towels, transfer the beans to a roasting pan (i like to use parchment paper,) drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  How does one say “Viola” in the Middle East?

I barely had any salt left because my child’s teacher has them practicing their spelling words in it.  So i spelled “chick peas.”  I’d show you what my husband drew in the salt but…

just picture something a 7th grade boy would draw in your yearbook.

I see her sneaking bits of salt when she spells.  She’ll have elevated blood pressure from doing that, but she’ll be a great speller!  (Kidding.)  The chick peas will lower it back down to normal levels…ha ha.

Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden- not dark brown.  I put them in cute cups to make them more kid-friendly.

One child loved them and asked for seconds and thirds, while the other spit it out in the sink and rinsed her mouth out with water.  My preference fell somewhere in the upper middle end of the spectrum.

Factoid:  In the Jewish religion, it’s customary to eat chick peas when celebrating a baby’s birth- representing nature’s life cycle and fertility.

So, the good news is that i found a new healthy snack for at least one child.  Now if only the can was BPA free.

I think they are best eaten the same day- crispy and warm out of the oven.

(Sources:  The Top 100 Zone Foods by Barry Sears, Ph.D.; Power Foods Cookbook from the editors of whole living magazine, Clarkson Potter/ Publishers  New York)

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