Chill Out with Chickpeas: Chickpeas to help relieve stress? Yes! In fact, chickpeas are a good source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that your body needs to make protein. High-tryptophan foods play a role in boosting your mood, and tryptophan is even used therapeutically to help treat anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
2 15-oz BPA-free cans unsalted chickpeas, drained and rinsed (TRY: Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans)
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups roughly torn kale leaves, tough stems removed
2 cloves garlic
15 oz light coconut milk (about 1¾ cups)
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
4 whole-wheat pitas, cut into triangles and toasted
In a blender, combine chickpeas, broth, kale, garlic, coconut milk, curry powder, cumin, honey, salt and pepper. Purée until completely smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a medium pot and heat on medium-high. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Divide among serving bowls and serve with pitas.
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups soup and 1 whole-wheat pita