As a dietitian, I find myself constantly extolling the benefits of legumes:
- Want more plant protein? Eat legumes.
- Looking to fill up with fiber? Eat legumes.
- Need a nutrient rich carbohydrate? Eat legumes.
The actual practice of eating more legumes, however, is easier said than done. Sure, you can sub out meat for kidney beans in your chili or look to lentils for more filling soups.
But how do you incorporate legumes into snacks? Well, I think I’ve found the perfect answer: The Good Bean.
I recently sampled the Sweet Cinnamon flavor of these crispy, crunchy chickpea snacks – and let me tell you, legumes have never looked better!
A one ounce serving (about 1/6 of the bag) of The Good Bean chickpea snacks has:
- 120 calories
- 3g total fat
- 5g dietary fiber
- 5g protein
If you want a snack that keeps you sated, you look for protein and fiber. This snack has both, and 5 grams of each are pretty impressive stats. They are nut-free, gluten free, soy free and vegan.
I loved the Sweet Cinnamon flavor: it was – as the name implies – sweet, but not overly so, with just 6 grams of sugar. The first ingredient is roasted chickpeas, which is nice to see considering that so many other vegetable snacks start out chock full of potato starch.
You can find The Good Bean chickpea snacks at Whole Foods or Sprouts Market. Or check out their online Store Locator for a retail outlet near you.