They go by many different names. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans in the U.S., Gram in India, or ceci beans in Italy. Whatever name you want to call them, the chickpea is the most widely consumed legume worldwide. With all of its health benefits and options for preparation, its no wonder why! But a new craze is sweeping the chickpea nation: green chickpeas.
These green chickpeas are simply the dried or canned chickpea’s younger sister, harvested at peak freshness. Included in our Broccoli Remix and packed full of protein, you won’t want to miss out on giving these fresh and tasty beans a try! Check out our favorite parts of going green below!
The Green Chickpea Story
As one of the world’s oldest crops, it’s no wonder that there are so many different kinds. Green chickpeas are harvested earlier than the light brown beans we’re used to seeing in stores. Chickpeas are a summer crop, usually harvested in late summer and early fall. Typically, the fresh, green variety is only sold during their harvest season at farmer’s markets, but frozen options are changing the game.
Sometimes called “the new edamame,” green chickpeas can be prepared and enjoyed in a variety of ways. Eat them fresh, dried, raw, steamed, or cooked.
Need something extra for your meal? Green chickpeas can add texture to any dish, included in a salad, added in with rice, or as a simple side dish. If you want added health benefits, use green chickpeas for guacamole or or hummus. With the new availability of these beans in the frozen food aisle, adding some color to any diet just became easier.
Check out this video from Fresh Nature, the supplier of our chickpeas, for even more information on growing, harvesting, and eating green chickpeas:
Why Green Chickpeas?
We all know that the chickpea is healthy. They offer alternatives and extras to dishes for anyone looking to add an extra boost of benefits to their day. They can help you get an extra serving of protein and support a plant-based diet. Green chickpeas have a long list of benefits to keep you happy and healthy!
Green chickpeas offer even more nutrients and health benefits than their canned garbanzo bean sisters. Harvested and frozen early for maximum freshness, these small beans pack a punch, full of fiber, antioxidants, and protein. Flash freezing the beans locks in nutrients and flavor at peak freshness, just like Tommy’s Broccoli Remix.
Check out this list of everything that green chickpeas have to offer:
- Green Chickpeas can help support healthy digestion and regulate blood sugar.
- The beans can also help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- They provide all the amino acids recommended for the body each day.
- These legumes are good source of iron and calcium, helping with healthy bones.
- They can help with weight management thanks to their low sodium, low fat, and high protein.
- Green chickpeas can be used in a vegan, plant-based diet.
Get into Green Chickpeas
If you want to try green chickpeas but you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry! Just grab a bag of Tommy’s Broccoli Remix from the frozen food aisle the next time you’re at the store! It’s exactly what it says: a remix on classic veggies for anyone looking to eat healthy.
Broccoli, yellow peppers, and green chickpeas all pre-seasoned and cut. Easy to prepare and enjoy! Simply take the veggies out of the freezer, bake them in the oven or on the stove top, and enjoy. This remix can be eaten as a snack, a healthy side dish, or even a quick meal!
The best part? You can stock your freezer with Broccoli Remix and you never have to worry about it going bad before you’ve had a chance to dig in. Our veggie medleys last up to 2 years in the freezer, meaning you can have green chickpeas on hand any time you need a quick protein boost!