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Naturally your kids like chips. Of course they do. And of course they’d like it if you sat them down with a big bowl of potato chips every day and said, “Hey, Johnny (or Wendy), go ahead, munch up!” Frankly, when my kids whine about not being able to eat chips with impunity, I feel like shouting, “Don’t you think I want to eat chips all day long, too?”
I am certainly not above giving my kids a bag of chips here and there, nor am I above eating a bag of chips here and there myself…as I write this I am visiting my in-laws in Florida, where every meal has come with fries or chips, and in today’s memorable lunch, both. And did I eat them? Yes, I did. However, this week falls squarely into the NVL category (Nutritional Vacation Loophole, something I made up five minutes ago to excuse our behavior).
At home, I am always looking for healthier snacks that don’t come in a crinkly bag. So, what to give your kids to munch on that you can feel good about? Chickpeas! Also known as garbanzo beans. Toast them up in the oven with just the right amount of salt and possibly some light seasonings, and you’ve made an easy snack that’s high in fiber and protein, low in fat, a little chewy and a little crispy -- this is a snack that a mother could love. As an additional plus, they are a good means of transportation to wiggle a touch of a new spice onto your kids’ palates.
Poke around in your spice drawer and pull out spices you know your kids like, or that you would like them to embrace. Let the kids toss the chickpeas with salt on the baking sheet, along with any selected seasonings. (This method doubles easily.)
You can store the chickpeas in a tightly sealed container (refrigerate them if you choose the option with fresh garlic). And forget the kids for a minute; they make the most killer nibble with cocktails for entertaining or just you and your other half to nosh.
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Get the recipe for Katie Workman's Chickpea Poppers from The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket