Ahh – the holidays. I do love the more relaxed pace, the pajama mornings and extra walks with the puppy. However, I’m beginning to feel the effects of too much snacking, rich meals and an abundance of sweets at every function. Last night I decided to whip up a fresh salad for dinner. It tasted so delightful!
I looked in the fridge and grabbed what I had. The pickings are getting a little slim around here and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but it was great! Next time, I think a little cilantro or goat cheese would be an excellent addition.
Chickpeas are a great source of fibre, potassium, vitamin C and B-6. They also offer a whopping 39 grams of protein per cup as well! They fill you up, support your immune system and keep you regular. What’s not to love?
Protein Packed Chickpea Salad
- 1 can chickpeas rinsed & drained
- 3 stalks celery diced
- 1 of each red & orange peppers diced
- 1 whole cucumber diced
- 1/4 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Rinse and drain chickpeas. Combine the chickpeas and veggies in a bowl. In a small jar, add lemon juice, sea salt, garlic and olive oil. Put a lid on the jar and give it a quick shake. Drizzle over salad and enjoy! You can also switch up the recipe a little bit by adding fresh cilantro to the salad. Cilantro is delicious and is high in antioxidants and may help regulate blood sugar levels.