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
Hearty, nourishing chickpeas make this a soup that’s satisfying enough for a meal. The earthy flavors of the spices are reminiscent of a Middle Eastern dish and are brightened up with lemon juice and an optional topping of mixed herbs.
Cell Regenerator: Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, vitamin B6 and folate, which is also known as vitamin B9 or folic acid. Just 1 serving of our falafel sandwich provides almost half of your daily value of folate, a key player in building blocks of DNA and RNA, which are essential for rapidly growing tissues (like those of a developing fetus) and rapidly regenerating cells (like red blood cells and immune cells).
This simple Moroccan chickpea salad is hearty enough to stand on its own for a no-cook dinner, and if you have any leftovers simply pack them for work tomorrow – a marinated dish such as this often tastes even better the next day!
Be (deliciously) stress-free: Just 1 orange contains enough vitamin C to meet your daily requirement. Vitamin C plays a key role in immune-system health and may help your body manage stress – so when you have a lot on your plate, make sure you’re getting enough!
Keep your family far from boredom by changing up our curried soup each time you make it. Try stirring in 1 cup of cooked quinoa or brown rice, 8 ounces of cooked and shredded chicken (skinless, of course) or 8 ounces of cubed firm tofu.