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      Roast chickpeas and almonds with smoked paprika

      A quick and tasty alternative to just plain nuts, these are delicious served straight from the oven. They can be pretty firm on the teeth, so be careful as you crunch.

      Prep time: 10 minutes
      Cook time: 25 minutes
      Makes 10 x 20g servings

      This dish is: dairy free ◦ gluten free ◦ vegan and vegetarian ◦ a source of protein, fibre, folic acid and vitamin E

      Allergens: tree nuts (almonds)

      Ingredients

      • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
      • Leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (about 1tsp), finely chopped
      • 2tsp ground cumin
      • 1tsp smoked paprika
      • 100g whole almonds
      • Freshly ground black pepper

      Method

      1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C), gas mark 6.
      2. Toss the chickpeas, rosemary, cumin, paprika and black pepper together on a large baking tray. Spread them out in an even layer and bake for 15 minutes until just beginning to crisp up.
      3. Then scatter in the almonds and give everything a good toss together. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes until the chickpeas are crisp and are starting to colour.
      4. Remove from the oven, pour into a bowl, allow to cool a little more and then serve.

      This savoury snack makes for a healthier and more flavourful alternative to crisps.

      Lorraine Pascale

      Nutritionist's tip

      Fibre rich snacks can help keep you regular if you’re suffering from pregnancy constipation1.

      Nutritional benefits

      • Chickpeas contain protein which provides the building blocks for your baby to grow2.
      • Almonds contain vitamin E, an adequate intake of which during pregnancy is associated with a lower likelihood of your child developing asthma and respiratory issues later in live3,4.
      Nutrition value Amount % Reference nutrient intake
      Energy 118kcal 6%
      Fat 6.9g
      10%
      Saturates 0.6g
      3%
      Sugars 0.6g 1%
      Salt 0g
      0%
      Nutritional claims are based on single-portion analysis.

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      1. NHS. Your pregnancy and baby guide [Online] 2018 Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/common-pregnancy-problems/#constipation [Accessed June 2018].
      2. NHS. Healthy Eating Pregnancy [Online] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/healthy-eating-pregnancy/ [Accessed July 2018].
      3. Turner SW et al. Associations between fetal size, maternal α-tocopherol and childhood asthma. Thorax 2010;65(5):391-7.
      4. Devereux G et al. Low maternal vitamin E intake during pregnancy is associated with asthma in 5-year-old children. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2006;174(5):499-507.

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