I was on a big healthy snack kick last week, and had to add these Roasted Curry Chickpeas to the list! I gave you a lot of sweet ones last week, so here’s a savory snack that is super healthy and easy to make! Isn’t the yellow from the turmeric in the curry beautiful? I actually added extra turmeric, because I wanted that yellow to really pop.
Turmeric adds more than just beauty to your foods. I’ve talked about it before, but let me remind you of some of its health benefits. It helps reduce inflammation and can relieve depression and anxiety. Inflammation is linked to all sorts of diseases and other issues, including asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, sinusitis, stroke, atherosclerosis (which causes heart attacks), and pretty much anything else that may be bugging you. Inflammation is not a bad thing, in and of itself, because it is your body’s response to ailment. The problem is that many of us experience an unhealthy inflammatory response, and the very thing that is supposed to heal us makes us sicker. Curcumin, a magic ingredient in turmeric, helps your body to have a healthy inflammatory response. If you want to know more about inflammation and how it wreaks havoc, check out this article. By the way, one of the reasons gluten can cause such a diverse array of symptoms is because it causes many people to become inflamed in their gut.
Curcumin’s magic doesn’t end with the inflammation help! It also has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine levels. It seems to affect patients with anxiety and depression similarly to fluoxetine (the drug in Prozac), but without the side effects. Want to know more about this? Check out this article. Please do not stop taking prescription medicines without discussing it with your doctor, but it may be worth the conversation! If you want to supplement your diet with extra curcumin, I’ve found that New Chapter supplements are very effective, and my nutritionists recommend them. Here’s a link for turmeric. The New Chapter brand is worth the extra money!
Before we get to the recipe for these Roasted Curry Chickpeas, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. Being free from food addictions is part of living life to the fullest, and I believe it is part of the freedom God desires for us to live in. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health!