Monday Munchies: Roasted Chickpeas (lightly salted)

roasted chickpeas

This week our A to Z of healthy eating is C for Chickpeas, so I thought I’d tie this in with our Monday Munchies and review the nutritional value of a popular snack, The Happy Snack Co’s Roasted Chickpeas (lightly salted).

Ingredients: Chickpeas (90%), Canola oil, sea salt (0.3%), garlic powder

The positives:

  • This product is free from peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish, crustaceans, soybeans, lupin, and gluten, making them a great allergy safe option.

  • Excellent source of fibre with a 25g packet containing 37% of a toddlers and 29% of an older child’s daily fibre requirements

  • Low sugar content (0.9g per serving) is well within the healthy guidelines

  • The sodium content of 250mg/100g is within the healthy guidelines

  • Great source of plant based protein with a 25g packet containing 40% of a toddlers and 28% of an older child’s daily protein needs. (Note: Being a plant based protein means it does not contain complete proteins and children will need additional sources of protein to ensure they consume all essential amino acids)

  • Low saturated fat content is well within the recommended guidelines

  • They taste great

The negatives:

  • The total fat content is above the daily recommended levels, however, the saturated (bad) fat in within the guidelines, so this isn’t too much of a concern.

  • The size and crunchiness of the chickpeas can pose a choking hazard for children under 3 years of age.

  • At $5.30 for a 6 pack, they work out to be 88 cents per 25g packet (they aren’t the cheapest lunchbox option). However, you can buy a 200g bag and divide them into lunchbox portions yourself to save money!

School friendly (nut free): Yes

Note: The nutritional information provided in this review is based on the nutritional panel provided on the product packaging/ website, and the Australian & New Zealand Nutritional Reference Values (ANZNRVs) at the time of publishing.

Hi, I’m Aspen, a university qualified teacher and nutritionist. As one of seven kids, a mum and ten years teaching experience, I understand just how challenging mealtimes can be. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving families a range of strategies to reduce fussy eating and make mealtimes an enjoyable family experience. I also work with schools doing incursions, parent information sessions and canteen menu assessment.