Actually, your new go to salad in general. It definitely does not have to just be your new summer salad. What makes it perfect for the summer is the ease of finding beautiful fresh heirloom tomatoes and how quickly it is to make (who wants to cook in the heat? NOT ME ), but you can easily just swap those in the winter. What makes this salad so perfect is how filling it is, thanks to the HEAPING dose of fiber in it.
Chickpeas or garbanzo as they are also called are one of the worlds healthiest foods due to the insanely high fiber dose, 1 cup of these bad boys contains your entire days worth of fiber needs, 35 grams!
There’s now direct evidence about garbanzo beans and appetite! Participants in a recent study reported more satisfaction with their diet when garbanzo beans were included, and they consumed fewer processed food snacks during test weeks in the study when garbanzo beans were consumed. They also consumed less food overall when the diet was supplemented with garbanzo beans.
Garbanzos are a food you definitely want to keep on your “digestive support” list—especially if you are focusing on the colon. Between 65-75% of the fiber found in garbanzo beans is insoluble fiber, and this type of fiber remains undigested all the way down to the final segment of your large intestine (colon). Recent studies have shown that garbanzo bean fiber can be metabolized by bacteria in the colon to produce relatively large amounts of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), including acetic, propionic, and butyric acid. These SCFAs provide fuel to the cells that line your intestinal wall. By supporting the energy needs of our intestinal cells, the SCFAs made from garbanzo fibers can help lower your risk of colon problems, including your risk of colon cancer.
Lets get to it, shall we?
This is so simple, it is almost silly to write it out, but here it is:
Serving for two people:
- Heirloom Tomatos (2)
- English Cucumber (1)
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1 cup of French Lentils (I like french lentils because they are sturdier and hold their structure)
- 1 Vidalia or sweet onion
- Sherry Vinegar
- Pink Himalayan Salt
- Fresh cracked pepper
Thats it! Dice it all up, rinse your chickpeas, toss and voila! SO effin’ simple and so good.