Seattle or New England. Everyone has their favorite. And this year, it seems you either love both teams and therefore would be satisfied with just a good game, or you dislike both teams, so you don’t really care about the game (just the commercials).

Either way, SuperBowl is also about the snacks! Everyone has a favorite dish for serving (or taking) to the party. This year, people will be trying to make healthier snacks instead of the bowl of chips and dip.

Research has found that garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) are high in fiber, therefore good for the digestive system. If eaten daily (about 1/3 cup serving size) it can improve your control of blood sugar and insulin secretion. The beans are also a good source of protein and are full of vitamins and minerals.

I love garbanzo beans and this roasted chickpea recipe is perfect for snacking.

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Ingredients:

  • Garbanzo beans in the can (use as many cans as you’d like)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Spices

Options include spicy (think cayenne pepper, chili powder, or jalapeno seasoning), salty (try garlic salt, celery salt or sea salt) and sweet (honey, cinnamon, white or brown sugar). You can also add in some Worcestershire sauce for extra flavor.

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Lightly dry them.
  3. Place in bowl and toss with olive oil.
  4. Add your spices and mix well.
  5. Spread on cookie sheet in single layer.
  6. Cook for 30-40 minutes.

These are just so delicious. Once you eat one, you can’t stop. Create a variety of flavor options for your party guests. You can even save some and throw them in salads instead of croutons.

Looking for other ideas? Check out EatingWell for healthy snacks for your party.  Also remember to keep it simple and keep it bite sized. That way you can avoid food all over your carpet.