Healthy Veggie Bio & Recipe – Chickpeas (a.k.a. Garbanzo beans)


Hurray! Healthy Veggie Bios are back!  We love sharing healthy food facts in our blog.  This time, we introduce a skin smoothing, folate rich bean – chickpeas.

According to the article “Keep Skin Smooth with this Creamy Snack” at RealAge.com, chickpeas have the right nutrients to make your skin smoother and healthier.  This includes molybdenum, manganese, and folate.  Molybdenum helps detox skin by helping remove sulfites from the body.  Manganese helps skin cells produce energy and fights wrinkle-causing free radical damage.  Folate helps skin cells repair damage from sun and toxins.  Of course, chickpeas are also high in fiber.  So they not only help to detox your skin, they also help to detox your digestive system.

One of the most popular recipes for chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) is hummus.  Hummus is a great dip that can go with celery, crackers, pita chips, and many other dippers.  This hummus recipe is taken from the Urban Sprouts Cookbook 2010.  Urban Sprouts is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that works with youth and their families in under-served schools/neighborhoods to build eco-literacy, equity, wellness, and community.  They have gardens and nutrition programs in 7 San Francisco schools, which provided learning opportunities for students.

Hummus

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed
  • ¼ cup tahini (stir before measuring)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 40 seconds.  Adjust seasonings to taste.
  2. Chill at least 30 minutes and serve cold.
  3. Hummus can be refrigerated, wrapped tightly, for up to 2 days.

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