Beans play a big part in sustaining a healthier and lengthier life. Dubbed the "world's easiest beans" by Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner, you'll only need a handful of ingredients for his latest recipe to promote longevity. It's delightfully simple, especially at a time when so many of us are over it when it comes to cooking.
According to Buettner, incorporating beans into your everyday diet is very much a good idea. “The longevity all-star food is beans," he says. "If you’re eating about a cup of beans a day, it’s probably worth an extra four years of life expectancy.”
Chickpeas, in particular, are high in fiber and help regulate your blood sugar. They're also high in protein, delivering 39 grams per cup. The world's easiest chickpea recipe below packs 78 grams of protein and 22 grams of fiber for the day.
"Chickpeas are a fun and versatile legume," says Tracey Lockwood Beckerman, RD. "The combo of fiber and protein helps slow carb absorption and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The high fiber content also supports a healthy heart."
One of the best things about Buettner's chickpea recipe is that it's so easy to modify. Try adding some fresh pressed garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes, or a minced shallot—whatever your heart desires.
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World's easiest chickpea recipe
2 cups chickpeas
2 Tbsp olive oil
1. Place chickpeas, olive oil, salt and pepper, with a squeeze of lemon in a bowl.
2. Mix all ingredients together.
3. You can serve it at room temperature or warm it up on the stovetop.
The health benefits of chickpeas, according to a registered dietitian:
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