Spring Has Sprung Garbanzo Bean Salad!
Now that Spring is here it is time to break out all the amazing salad recipes that had been replaced all Winter long, with warm soul food. I love the light and airy feeling of Spring, and like to have it reflected in the food I eat. Not only do I like the fact that salads are low cal and low fat, but they are amazing for your body as well. During the Spring and Summer months I tend to replace most of my meals with fresh fruit and salad, and thought I would share with you one of my personal favorite recipes!
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Why Should You Eat Garbanzo Beans?
Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas hold so many great benefits for the human body.
-Packed full of fiber they are a power house for your digestion!
-These little legumes have been shown to improve bad cholesterol levels and to help balance blood sugar levels.
- With high levels of Manganese, chickpeas are great for bone health and by adding them to your regular diet you will help your body to fight deterioration of your bones and prevent against injury.
-A single cup of garbanzo beans provides you with about 15 grams of protein! Making this a fantastic vegetarian protein option!
-High levels of Folate is especially beneficial for women who are looking to have a child. Folate is recommended to help prevent genetic mutations, as well as prevents against cancers. While promoting healthy cell and brain cell growth in embryos.
You can eat this as a snack, side dish, or main dish! I try and make this as often as possible during the Spring and Summer months, and it makes for a great party dish!
- 2 cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
- 1 bunch of cilantro chopped
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 1/2 white or red onion
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 can of corn (not creamed!)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- The directions are quite simple!
- Prep all of your ingredients and place in a large mixing bowl
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Refrigerate for about 3 hours
- Serve and Enjoy!
No More Tears!
Place your onion in the freezer an hour before cutting to avoid burning and tears!