Monday, November 9, 2009

Serious Snacking For Your Booty

Ok, you've disposed of all the lingering trick or treat booty, have already drafted next year's Halloween prenup and are ready for some serious snacking. Since eating sugar significantly lowers our white cell defenders (lymphocytes) in the blood for a period of time, which makes it more difficult to fight a nasty bug, it may be helpful to reduce your intake while all those swine-like germs are in the air. So, here's the perfect remedy to boost your immune system, get your body back on track, help stop those pesky cravings and amp up your daily fiber intake. Here's a super easy snack recipe that combines protein, fiber and healthy carbohydrates that you can enjoy making with your kids and munch on fresh out of the oven. Crunchy, tasty and totally homemade, you'll swear these little treats are some kind of nut, but they're not - they are roasted garbanzo beans, otherwise known as chick peas. So, if you are looking for a nut free snack or just want to upgrade from all the Skittles and M&M's you seem to keep gravitating towards - keep a treasure trove of these beans within easy reach and your body and your booty will thank you!
Roasted Garbanzo Beans
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
1 1/2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain beans and rinse well, then pat dry with a paper towel. Place beans on a metal sheet pan and drizzle with oil. Roll beans to coat and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast the beans for about 45 minutes, shaking the beans after 30 minutes of roasting. Continue to check beans and shake pan every few minutes until brown and crunchy - careful not to burn. Beans should not be soft in the middle. Can store leftovers in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
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