Chickpea Feta Salad – With a good explanation of why we need beans and probiotics! #cleaneating
If you’ve been reading our posts for a while you have probably heard us say that we try to add beans into our daily diets (like Meatless Monday Chickpeas). You’ve probably also noticed that we often have an emphasis on probiotics (like in our Last Minute Potato Salad). Why would we do this? That’s exactly what we want to talk to you about today!
You’ve probably heard the quote by Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” After years of trying all kinds of approaches to nutrition and health (you can read some of our story here) we are very firm believers in this theory.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
According to Dr. Axe some of the reported benefits of chickpeas are:
- They help control blood sugar levels
- Increase satiety and help with weight loss
- Are high in fiber
- Improve digestion
- Help protect against heart disease
- Help protect against cancer
- Provide essential vitamins and minerals
- A great source of protein
It is becoming well known that probiotics are critical to brain and emotional health, gut health and immune function. Dr. Mercola has a couple of fantastic articles that go more in depth to help us understand how critical probiotics are in every meal.
How You Gut Influences Your Emotional Health
How to “Culture” Your Way to Optimal Health
After researching over the years we have come to realize that everyone wants these good benefits so why not get them in our food? It’s so much cheaper and easy once you get the hang of it.
With this in mind our Chickpea Feta Salad has a fantastic combination of healthy ingredients. We use some of the juice from Bubbies Sauerkraut (you can use any of your favorite fermented sauerkraut) in the dressing for the probiotics. Then you have the vinegar which aids digestion, onion which boosts the immune system, olive oil for your healthy fat, cucumber as a green veggie and of course the chickpeas.
To be perfectly honest the very best part about this salad is that it is mouthwateringly delicious! If healthy food doesn’t taste good who wants to eat it anyway?? 😉
4 cups cooked chickpeas (we do ours in the pressure cooker and it adds a ton of flavor)
½ red onion
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup Bubbies juice
Salt and pepper to taste
½ – ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
To make the dressing combine balsamic vinegar, Bubbies juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Grate the garlic in as well. Whisk until blended. Place chickpeas into a separate bowl. Chop cucumbers and onion and add to chickpeas. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. When ready to serve sprinkle feta over each serving.
What is your favorite healthy food?