You probably know chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) as the base for hummus, a thick and creamy spread. A legume in the same family as black beans, kidney beans and peanuts, chickpeas are a staple of cuisines around the world, and for good reason. They’re rich in plant-based protein, satiating fiber and many vitamins and minerals.
Whether you’re trying to cut down on your red meat consumption, slim down or just eat a little healthier, chickpeas make a nutritious addition to your plate. Here, everything you need to know about them, including health benefits and how to eat them.