This Flavorful Alternative to Popcorn is Healthy and Delicious

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Looking for a snack that's a healthy alternative to popcorn? This easy recipe packs a wallop of nutritious benefits. Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are noted as a good source of protein, soluble fiber, manganese, iron and just a whole bevy of other good stuff.

Sounds better than popcorn's empty calories, right?

Flavor City with Bobby Parish whips up this easy recipe that tosses the garbanzo beans with cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and sautes them in a bit of extra virgin olive oil for about five minutes. The result? Crispy deliciousness that will give your body a boost.


  • 1 can of no salt garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  •  1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Few cracks of fresh pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil

Add everything but the olive oil to a bowl and mix well. Preheat a medium size, non-stick pan over medium-high heat with the olive oil. Add the beans to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the beans are slightly crunchy, stirring often.

You could also check out this recipe for Mexican-style roasted garbanzos or this one for Indian-spiced garbanzos.

Mr. Parish also encourages viewers to support the Fight Hunger Club. The purchase of one t-shirt will give drinking water for one child for a year.

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