Crunchy Baked Chickpeas

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Craving a crunchy, salty, spicy, and protein packed snack?! Try this one!

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas; rinsed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse and drain chickpeas, make sure they are somewhat dry (pat down with paper towel). Add to medium sized mixing bowl and add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil. Mix until chickpeas are evenly coated with seasoning. Pour onto lightly greased baking sheet and make sure chickpeas are spread out. Try to make them NOT touch each other to make them extra crunchy! After 20 minutes, flip with a spatula to get the other side crunchy. Bake for 35-40 minutes and there you have a healthy little snack!

Healthy Turkey Chili

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Yield: 8

Ingredients:
1 lb lean turkey meat
1 Tbps olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion
2 garlic cloves; minced
1 green bell pepper; chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 cans (16 ounces each) tomato sauce
1 can (16 ounce) kidney beans; rinsed and drained
1 can (16 ounce) black beans; rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp chili powder
┬Ż tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp dried basil
low-fat sour cream (optional)
reduced-fat cheddar cheese (optional)
green onions (optional)

Steps:
1. In a large sauce pan, add olive oil and brown turkey meat with chopped onion, garlic, and bell peppers Cook until meat is brown.

2. Add chili powder, granulated garlic, cumin, salt, brown sugar, and basil. Stir until seasons meat is seasoned.

3. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, and black beans. With a wooden spoon, mix until combined. Add ketchup and place lid on pot. Let simmer on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Spoon into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions and cheese.

**I love eating cornbread with this hearty meal, it makes this dish complete ­čÖé

Homemade Protein Bars

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup plain oatmeal
1 Tbsp flax seeds
2 Tbsp almond butter
3 Tbsp honey
1 egg white
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk

Steps:
1. Mix ingredients together until well combined and spoon into greased cupcake tins (I used heart shaped silicone muffin tray) and bake 350 for 25 mins.