Did you know that chickpeas can help your body relieve stress & anxiety?  Learn more about this tasty tip and try an easy hummus recipe!

Chickpeas for Stress Relief

Garbanzo beans, otherwise called chickpeas, have high levels of tryptophan.  Our bodies use this essential plant-derived amino acid to produce serotonin, a chemical that contributes to feelings of well being and happiness. Studies have shown that a tryptophan depletion could be linked to anxiety.

The levels of tryptophan in chickpeas along with their slow-burning carbs is a great combination for stress relief.  Chickpeas also contain a large amount of folate, which is a B vitamin that helps regulate mood. A cup of cooked chickpeas has more than 70% of your daily recommended intake of folate!  The high protein and fiber content in this legume can also help steady blood sugars and stabilize your mood.

 


 

One of the simplest ways to enjoy chickpeas is hummus!  This Easy 5-Minute Hummus recipe contains 6 ingredients and is a great dish to meal prep for a busy week. 

If you try the recipe, let us know what you think!  You can always top off your hummus with your favorite herbs or red pepper flakes for some extra flavor.  Our favorite way to eat hummus as a dip with chopped veggies, such as carrots, cucumber, celery & bell pepper, but it can also be used on top of salads, in wraps or sandwiches!

 

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