We have all over indulged this holiday season and with the turning of our calendars we all promise to eat better and possibly loose weight this year. January is the month of diets and New Year’s resolutions. This year try a new resolution, a different approach to your weight loss and healthy eating journey, try to resolve to eat less processed foods.
Making your meals and snacks from whole food ingredients have a positive effect on your body in more ways than one. Some of the benefits to eating less processed foods include lower sodium intake, lower refined sugar intake that can lead to diabetes and weight loss. When your body can recognize the things that we consume, it can use them more efficiently.
Want a crunchy snack that is full of protein, easy to make and budget friendly? Try these roasted chick peas. They have the satisfying crunch and taste of peanuts but with less calories. Be creative and add your favorite no salt seasonings.


  • One can of garbanzo beans or chick peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Non-stick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a rimmed baking pan with non-sticking cooking spray. Mix dry seasonings in a bowl and set aside. Drain and rinse beans and pour on plate lined with paper towel and pat dry with paper towel. Place in baking pan and sprinkle with salt and cooking oil and spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes until brown and crunchy. Careful not to brown too much. Turn off oven and let sit in oven for 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool to touch, then toss with spices. Store in an airtight container for 2 days.