Chickpeas and avocados are two super-healthy ingredients which should be included in our everyday diet if we want to preserve our health in optimal condition. Avocados are delicious and nutritious and can easily be incorporated into almost any dish or meal. Some people believe that the high content of fat makes avocados unhealthy but the fats in avocados are monounsaturated, the good type of fats, which means that they’re beneficial for your overall health.
These monounsaturated fats found in avocados are good for your heart and reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. In addition to good fats, avocados contain proteins, fibers and a number of vitamins, they’re a nutritional powerhouse indeed. Having all of this in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that avocados can boost weight loss and improve the quality of your skin as well.
Chickpeas, on the other hand, are nutty and versatile as well. They’re packed with fibers and proteins and have similar benefits to avocados. They can lower your blood sugar levels and keep them balanced, make you feel full for longer and promote healthy weight loss. They also improve digestion, balance the levels of bacteria in your gut and your pH levels, have an anti-aging effect and lower your risk of cancer and heart disease.
If you combine these two ingredients into your diet, you’ll take advantage of all the health benefits they have to offer and will stimulate a healthy weight loss. If you’re looking for an inspiration on how to add them to your diet, here are a few recipes to get you started:
In a medium sized bowl combine one mashed avocado, one diced tomato, one small onion, also diced, a handful of cilantro and a drizzle of lime. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, mix it well and serve.
Chop one large avocado, one small sweet onion, one medium sized cucumber, one tomato and two handfuls of dill. Season with some salt and pepper and add 2tsp. of turmeric. Mix and serve!
Mash one avocado into a paste and spread it on your toast for breakfast. Sprinkle some sea salt and enjoy your nutritious breakfast.
Chop one sweet onion, one cucumber, one tomato and toss everything in a bowl. Add one cup of chickpeas, squeeze one lemon and season with some EVOO, salt, pepper and cumin. Mix and serve.
Add the following ingredients in your blender and pulse until smooth: 1 cup of chickpeas, quarter cup water and quarter cup olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 2tbsp. sesame paste, juice of 1 lemon, 1tsp. cumin and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth, creamy and simply delicious – homemade hummus.
Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Rice
Drizzle some EVOO in a pot and put the pot over medium heat. Toss one shopped onion in and cook it for a couple of minutes. Add 1 chopped tomato, sprinkle some pepper and salt and cook until mushy. Add about ½ cup of marinara sauce and 1 cup of chickpeas and add ½ cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook on low heat for about 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Serve it over rice and enjoy your delicious lunch.
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