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MAC's Recipe of the Month: July 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Sunday, July 01, 2018

Healthy Beach Snacks

Summertime can be a big snacking season. From beach snacks to cookout nibbles, all kinds of chips, pretzels, and other snack foods make an appearance. If you’re looking for a lighter, more balanced alternative to a crunchy snack, look no further than roasted chickpeas! This homemade snack has the flavor and texture that you might find in a seasoned chip or pretzel, but it’s a bit more balanced, being higher in both protein and fiber. Bring these roasted chickpeas along with you to your next beach day or barbecue cookout for a crunchy snack!

Roasted Chickpeas
Yield: 6 servings, approximately ¼ cup per serving


1 15-oz can cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or about 1 ½ cup)
Cumin to taste (I used 1 tsp)
Smoked paprika to taste (I sprinkled a dash on top of chickpeas once they were cooked)


Preheat oven to 430 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pat chickpeas dry with a clean dish towel or paper towel.
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Feel free to leave out any seasoning to sprinkle on top once chickpeas are cooked—I did this with the smoked paprika.
Place seasoned chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Roast chickpeas in oven 15 minutes, stir chickpeas and roast an additional 10 minutes.
Let cool.
Sprinkle with any additional seasoning.
Let cool fully before storing leftovers; store leftovers in an airtight container.

Approximate nutrition information per serving:
Calories per serving: 54
Fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 3g
Total Carbohydrate: 9g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sodium: 81mg

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This month's recipe comes from Louisa Paine, Registered Dietitian at The Mount Auburn Club. Click here to contact the MAC Nutrition team today.

The information presented here is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or health condition. As always, please speak with your registered dietitian regarding any dietary modifications or nutrition-related questions.