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If you are heading off on vacation, please remember the sunscreen. Nothing makes exercise more problematic than a bad sunburn. And, of course, dietary moderation is in order.



Obsessing over the crunchy, salty, healthy snack

I previously suggested baking the spiced chickpeas at 450 degrees for 30 minutes and 250 degrees for 30 minutes, but I found that this really dried out the chickpeas and made them a challenge to one’s teeth. Here is a picture of my second batch, with curry powder and hot paprika. I dialed back the period of cooking at 250 degrees to ten minutes, which I think left them a little too soggy. It’s a process, just like Goldilocks at the Three Bears’ crib.  I will let you know how fifteen minutes at 250 degrees works out.

Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas roasted with 1 tablespoon peanut oil, one teaspoon ras al hanout and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. After 30 minutes at 450, let them go another 30 minutes at 250.  Make sure to shake them up every once in a while.

If you are eating your fruits and vegetables as dictated by the program, you are probably, from time to time, looking for a crunchy salty snack.  But don’t go for the big bag of BarBQ Chips!  There are healthy alternatives that even you can prepare.

Here is a link to a recipe for Roasted Spiced Chickpeas that is essentially foolproof.  All you have to do is rinse a can of chickpeas and roast them with spices.  My guess is that you don’t have to be doctrinaire about using cumin, coriander and paprika, but could pretty much use any medley of spices you like and it would come out tasty.  You could use curry powder, which is a mixture of spices, Emeril’s Essence or, if you happen to be in Boston’s South End you could stop by South End Formaggio and get a jar of Ras El Hanout.

I challenge you all to suggest your own spice mixture.

That business of not being fooled by “diet” stuff goes double for diet soft drinks.

Don’t be fooled by foods that claim to be “low fat” or “fat free.”  In addition to being low or flavor-free, they most frequently substitute other calories to make up for the stunning lack of satisfaction occasioned by the removal of the fat.  If you don’t believe me, perhaps you will believe Dr. Oz.

Further diligent research indicates that the unit for “portions” or “servings” is the humble cup.  The CDC has some nice pictures relating a “cup” to commonly known fruits and vegetables.  What baffles me is that they choose to relate “servings” of oddly shaped items to a measure of volume.

I say we push for “servings” by weight, and that we demand that they be given in THE METRIC SYSTEM!

Who’s with me?