Aaaack! I am dying over here. Yes, I’m still doing my detox and I’m ripping my hair out. Not that my 2 liquid meals a days aren’t fulfilling. Oh, don’t cry for me…I get 1 solid meal a day too. And no, it’s not a big pile of lettuce covered with puffs of some kind of calorie free air. I’m actually fine with the food, but I need something to snack on. If you haven’t guessed by now, this post isn’t about My Man’s Belly…this one is about my belly.
Snacks, or the lack thereof, are one of the main reasons people tend to fail when they are dieting/detoxing/eating healthy. Yeah, you can chew on gum until your teeth fall out, but an entire pack of gum or 1 pound bag of carrot sticks can’t really fulfill that craving for something that crunches and has the flavor of a potato chip or cheese doodles.
Last month a friend of mine ran a recipe for an Italian favorite from her childhood – roasted chickpeas (garbanzo beans). I immediately made them, inhaled them, then made a second batch. I was hooked. You can pretty much flavor these things with any seasonings you like: garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, garam masala, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and the list goes on and on. So whatever you’re craving you can have. Plus they are super easy to make. And, I’m betting that you probably already have everything you need to make these in your cupboard.
You need to take some time yourself. Yes, it’s wonderful that you do so many things for so many people: you show up to work on time, you volunteer for extra projects at work, you volunteer in your community, you spend time putting together meals for your significant other, you go to the gym, you clean your house, etc. etc. But if you’re not taking some time out for yourself you aren’t helping yourself or anyone else in your life. You need to take some quiet time where it’s all about you. By doing this you can focus on who you are, what you like, and what you don’t like. It allows you to re-focus your energy. By taking some time for yourself, you’ll be energized to tackle projects and be more present in your relationship.
- 2 15.5 Ounce Cans Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
- Olive Oil Spray (or 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil)
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Piri Piri (or Cayenne Pepper)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
Drain and rinse chickpeas in colander and let sit for 5 minutes.
Pour the chickpeas onto a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Blot chickpeas dry with paper towels. Make sure the chickpeas are dried well.
Spray chickpeas with a thin coating of olive oil spray. Use your hands to roll chickpeas in oil to make sure all surfaces are covered.
Sprinkle seasonings onto chickpeas.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until browned and crunchy.
Be careful, as the chickpeas can sometimes pop like popcorn.