Chickpea Salad

Although legumes are known for their fiber, chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are especially beneficial for supporting digestive health.  Each cup contains about 12 grams of fiber and about 2/3 of it is insoluble.  This fiber typically passes all the way through our digestive tract unchanged, until it reaches the colon.  There, the bacteria break it down into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that can be used for energy by the cells that line the colon wall.  This allows the cells to stay optimally active and healthy, lower the risk of colon problems including colon cancer.

Ingredients:

4 x 15.5 oz can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
2 x 12.5 oz can canned chicken or 2 or 3 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
3 bell peppers, chopped into bite-sized pieces (use red, orange, and yellow for more color!)
½ purple onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Approximately ½ cup olive oil
Approximately ¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
Salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all in a large bowl.   Mix well.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve as is or over a bed of lettuce.