Poor chick peas. The long ignored legume on every Ruby Tuesday salad bar across the country. It wasn’t until hummus became the darling of the restaurant industry that people even paid remote attention to this delicious and nutrient-rich delight.
For those of you reluctant to try chick peas for whatever reason (say, finicky children or someone who only associates them with hummus) The Good Bean’s Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas might be the perfect place to start.
The Good Bean gets the texture just right. I know they put crispy and crunchy in the title of the product, but it should not be taken for granted–they are unexpectedly crispy (the shell is delicate and snappy, like an M&M) and crunchy (the center has a perfect hard chewiness that reminds one of a peanut). But best of all, they neither overdid the sugar nor the cinnamon. The flavor does not overpower the savoryness of the chickpea itself. A bit like Crackerjack, if you will-without the filling-removing destructiveness that seems to accompany that popcorn treat.
But these snacks are a full-on blast of healthful goodness, a nutrient-dense resource. They provide more than 20% of your daily value of iron, phosphorus, folate (hello, pregnancy), fiber (hello, smooth running system), and a shockingly large amount of protein. Snacking on a package of these little guys delivers 25% of your daily requirement of protein.
This 2.5 oz package was purchased at Whole Foods for $2.29. Other flavors include: Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili and Lime, Mesquite BBQ, Thai Coconut and Chocolate! We’ve also tried the Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper flavors and were happy with those as well, but personally, I can’t wait to try the Chocolate. I’ll let you know what I find out!
These snacks are highly recommended. Consider the difference between this and a bag of chips or pretzels as a snack. It makes one wonder: why are these not being stocked in every vending machine in the country? It might just make the world a slightly better place. Or at least a healthier and more satisfied one.