If you’ve been following my Instagram feed lately, then it’s no secret I’ve jumped back on the fitness wagon and I am really determined not to fall off (again). Now that Miss Marli is in a Mother’s Day Out program twice a week, that gives me so much more time to run errands, hit the gym, and concentrate on expanding my online shop.

With that being said, it’s so important to eat right and eat often which is something I have been terrible at doing the past few months. I was pretty good at keeping my main courses healthy, but I failed terribly in the snacking department! A little unhealthy snack here and there added up to major calories I didn’t need + a bunch of junk in my system.  So, I’ve been on a quest to make more homemade healthy snacks for our family to munch on (instead of buying processed junk at the stores) and I can’t wait to share some of them with you.

First on the list are ROASTED CHICKPEAS.  

FACT: Chickpeas are a great source of protein, act as antioxidants, are high in fiber, and also have a low GI (glycaemic index) which keeps you feeling full, thus controlling your appetite.

I’ve always enjoyed eating them, but never considered roasting them before.  I really can’t believe it took me this long to realize how yummy, easy, and inexpensive this snack is!  Plus, Marli can snack on them too (since she’s still too young to have any peanuts/nuts) and she LOVES them!  Honestly, you can add any seasoning you want, but I just kept it simple this time around with my Tony Chachere’s seasoning. 

For this recipe, I used 3 cans of Organic chickpeas, olive oil, and my Tony’s seasoning. That’s it :) 

Here are the SUPER EASY steps:
(1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grab a baking sheet and line with foil.

(2) Drain and rinse chickpeas. Lay them out to dry and lightly pat them to expedite the process 🙂
(3) Pour the chickpeas onto the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and seasoning.  Using a spatula, lightly toss the chickpeas to incorporate everything together. Lay them out across the baking sheet. 
(4) Roast for 20 minutes. Give it one more toss. Roast for another 20 minutes.
(5) Remove from oven. Let it cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Aside from eating them solo, I’ve also tossed this into my salads, added them to my trail mix, and I’m sure you can even add a great dip to pair it with 🙂