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The Dietitian’s Top Pick: Essential Everyday® Garbanzo Beans/Chickpeas

garbanzo beans chickpeas #festfoodsHave you ever wondered what the difference is between garbanzo beans and chickpeas? The answer is nothing! Both of these words refer to the cream-colored, round beans you may have seen on the salad bar line or amongst the array of canned and dried beans in the grocery store. I have recently stopped passing by these beans  to give them a try and instantly fell in love with this legume!

These canned chickpeas pack 6g of fiber and protein in a half cup serving. This combination helps curb overeating, lowers blood cholesterol levels and slows the absorption of sugar. I usually give them a good rinse under running water before using, which helps to reduce the sodium (by up to 41 percent!). Being a snack enthusiast, I used my first can of chickpeas to make these super simple Spicy Roasted Chickpeas. When it comes to flavor, chickpeas certainly will not disappoint! (I nearly ate the entire batch of my roasted chickpeas in one sitting!) They have a delicious, nutlike taste and buttery texture. Tailor your own roasted chickpeas using a variety of spices and seasonings, or use this pick to whip up another one of my favorite snacks: Homemade Chips and Hummus. Power up your mealtime recipes by adding canned chickpeas to soups, stews, casseroles, pasta and salads! How will you eat these little legumes? :) Nutritional Information for ½ cup: Calories 110 Total Fat 1.5g (Saturated 0g, Trans 0g) Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 360mg Total Carbohydrate 20g (Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 1g) Protein 6g Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4% Iron 8% Ingredients: Prepared Garbanzo Beans, Water, Salt, Disodium EDTA (to Promote Color), Sodium Sulfite (Preservative).

Disclaimer: We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival Foods locations.


Lauren Lindsley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.


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