Monday Munchies: Roasted Chickpeas (lightly salted)
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
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 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.