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Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas

Chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas is one of my family’s favorite snacks. It’s highly addictive, and it’s super easy to make.

To make sure the chickpeas get crispy, it does require planning ahead.

The secret to really crispy chickpeas: Rinse your chickpeas, then lay them out flat on a towel to dry. They need to dry overnight, or for about 8 hours.

You’ll know they are dry when some of the skins start separating from the chickpeas.

dry chickpeas to get them crispy

Once your chickpeas are dry, make sure you get them well coated with the oil and spices. Having them well seasoned makes them finger-licking good.

coat chickpeas with seasoning

Chickpeas are great roasted with a variety of flavors, but this chili combination is our family favorite. It’s not unlike the taste of a Dorito – minus the cheese.

Speaking of Doritos, we serve these in place of chips. They are definitely healthier, yet the taste is just as addictive!

Doritos Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas


  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas well. Spread out on a tea towel and allow to completely dry out.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl. Toss with olive oil until well coated.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together spices. Add to the chickpeas and toss again.
  5. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time.

Once you get the process of making crispy roasted chickpeas down, experiment with your favorite flavors. Then let us know what your favorite flavor combination is in the comments!

20 of the Best Healthy Trader Joe’s Snacks

Best Healthy Snacks at Trader Joes

This list of 20 of the Best Healthy Trader Joe’s Snacks does not include Cookie Butter.

In my perfect world, a spoonful of cookie butter would be instantly slimming and nutritionally complete.

Sadly, it’s not so.

The good news is, cookie butter is just one of the many snacking options available at Trader Joe’s. And my list of 20 has some really tasty treats that will make you walk right past that cookie butter and not even miss it.

I didn’t include the produce section in this list. That seemed like a no-brainer to me. We know that picking up an apple or a bag of carrots makes for the best of healthy snacks.

This list is for those who need healthy and tasty snack inspiration.



1. Medjool Dates – Craving caramel? Try a date instead.

2. Freeze Dried Bananas – If your blood sugar is running low, pop open a bag of these for instant happiness. BONUS: These won’t squish in your purse like a real banana will.

3. Freeze Dried Fuji Apple Slices – I love the crunchy sweetness of these. They don’t last long in our house and often times we have to have arm wrestling matches to determine who gets the last bit.

4. Just Mango (unsulfered and unsweetened) – Perfect in homemade trail mix. Perfect enjoyed on it’s own. Another great healthy snack when you need something sweet.

5. Raw Almonds – When I asked on Facebook what snack my readers carried in their purse, almonds was the number one answer. BONUS: Trader Joe’s almonds aren’t sprayed with PPO.

6. Raw Cashews – Raw cashews are an easy snack that also deserve a spot in your purse/diaper bag/gym bag.

7. Tamari Roasted Almonds -When a plain almond just won’t do. An 1/8 cup has less than 100 calories and no sugar. But the flavor is to die for.



8. Cold Pressed Juices – 100% fruits and vegetables. The price is steep, but the nutritional value is deep.

9. Cage-Free Fresh Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs – If you get discouraged peeling a hard boiled egg (half the egg ends up in the sink), this is one convenience food that is worth every single penny.

10. Maple Water – Did you know that sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger? Try drinking more instead of eating more. Maple water has half the calories and half the sugar of coconut water!

11. Organic Light String Cheese – Classic snacking. Do you like to peel off strings?

12. Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack – Perfect for lunch boxes with carrots and baked lentil chips.

13. Trader Joe’s Plain Organic Yogurt – Plain yogurt is kinda tart and maybe yucky. Stir in some fruit and nuts and you’ll have a yummy snack where you control the sugar content.



14. Seasoned Kale Chips – I’m addicted to the seasoning on these. Note: there is added sugar but only 2 grams.

15. Roasted Seaweed Snacks – These are naturally rich in minerals, slightly crunchy and totally satisfying when you need a salty snack fix.

16. Baked Lentil Chips – Perfect for dipping in hummus.

17. Organic Peanut Butter – Because a spoonful of peanut butter is definitely considered a snack in our house. Add some chocolate pieces and you’ve got the perfect mid-afternoon slump snack.
BTW ~ You’ll want to check out Which is Better: Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to see the price comparison on peanut butter and more.

18. Organic Popping Corn – Corn is one of the most genetically modified crops in the world. Organic popping corn is a total win.

19. Organic Applesauce Cups – No added sugar in these delicious little cups!

20. Roasted Coconut Chips – When referring to these chips, the words “obsessed” and “addictive” are often used.


Have a pup in your life? The price on their dog treats, or “snacks” can’t be beat!

Now it is your turn. What did I miss that needs to find it’s way into my cart next time?

Cleansing Green Juice Recipe Made in the Blender

Cleansing Green Juice Made in the Blender

This cleansing green juice recipe can be made right in your blender: No fancy equipment required!

Making green juice at home is an excellent way to boost your energy levels by providing your body with nutrient-dense antioxidant-packed foods.

Lemon and ginger are key to cleansing the body. Ginger works on your digestive system while lemon alkalizes the body and boosts your immune system.

The result is a drink that makes you feel great and provides an instant energy boost!

You won’t need a fancy juicer to make this juice. Your blender will be able to handle the job.

Cleansing Green Juice Blender

The trick is to keep adding liquid (in this case your liquid is coconut water) a little at a time as you blend. Too little liquid, and your blender will get jammed up.

Once your ingredients are broken down, you’ll press them through a sieve.

Strain Green Juice

This step makes the juice less pulpy. If you don’t mind the pulp, skip this step! The added fiber will help keep you full longer.

Green Juice Pulp

Instant Energy: Cleansing Green Juice Recipe


  • 2 cups packed red kale leaves, tough stems removed
  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1 large sweet apple (I used Gala)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 - 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. Quarter the lemon, remove seeds, peel and set aside.
  2. Chop apple, remove seeds and set aside.
  3. Add the cold water to a powerful blender, followed by the kale, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger.
  4. Pulse to break down the ingredients.
  5. Blend on high until smooth, adding coconut water as needed to liquefy the ingredients. (I used about 3/4 cup).
  6. Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer a little at a time. Use the back of a spoon to press the juice out of the pulp. Discard pulp and repeat until all the juice is strained.
  7. Rinse the strainer and pour all of the juice back through it one last time.
  8. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

That’s all there is to it! Give your body a week of green juice and you’ll find you feel better than ever!

Instant Energy Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe with a Hint of Orange

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donuts with a hint of Orange

Happy National Donut Day!

Instead of hurrying out and buying a box of “Fat Pills” (as we call them in our house), why not try out this homemade baked strawberry donut recipe with a hint of orange?

I won’t lie and tell you this is a health food recipe. However, these donuts are made with real ingredients such as whole grains, real fruit puree and natural sweetener. Then, they are baked, instead of fried, which definitely saves your waistline.

Each of these donuts has about 184 calories. Compare that to a Frosted Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Dream Donut at 360 calories!

That should be your incentive to invest in some baked donut pans. They don’t take up much room in the cupboard and they are super useful for satisfying your donut cravings in a healthy way.

Traditionally, I’ve made this recipe with orange zest. However, I didn’t happen to have an orange on hand when I got the craving to make these.

That’s when I remembered I had a bottle of wild orange essential oil.

Wild Orange 15ml

I substituted 3 drops of the wild orange for the orange zest and the recipe turned out amazing!

In the recipe, I’ve included the recipe for the glaze I used on these donuts. Truthfully? It made the donuts on the sweet side for me. But the kids? They LOVED it!

Mind you, I still ate the donuts with the glaze. I just found that a cup of coffee was the PERFECT accompaniment!

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe


  • 1 1/4 cups halved strawberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons orange rind or 3 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Pour in strawberry mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into baked donut pan. Recipe makes 12 donuts.
  5. Bake at 400 for 10 - 15 minutes. Donuts are done when they spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Once cool, you can choose to glaze them with a mixture of 3 strawberries blended with 1 cup organic powdered sugar.

With the calories you are saving by baking your own donuts, may I suggest you have one for breakfast and one mid-afternoon?