Salads are great party foods and they are often easy to make and pretty to look at, not to mention nutrient-density! The chickpea and roasted vegetable salad is a great example for a winter and/or party salad.
Health benefits of eggplant
Eggplants contribute to the specific, delicious taste of this roasted vegetable salad. Eggplant is actually a fruit that naturally grows in India, but it is present around the world today. Eggplant is low in calories and rich in a myriad of nutrients like vitamin B6, K, C, A, copper, manganese, potassium, iron, phosphorus, niacin, magnesium and folic acid. It belongs to nightshade vegetables like potatoes, bell peppers and tomatoes (the latter also a fruit), but unlike tomatoes or bell peppers it should not be eaten raw.
A few trials have confirmed that eggplant can help prevent cancer. It has the ability to protect us from oxidative stress, adding cardiovascular protection. It also enhances cognitive function due to nasunin, which preserves the brain cell membranes and enhances brain health.
Eggplant can help people that are trying to keep their weight off or lose a few pounds because it is rich in fibers and low in calories.
Finally, eggplant is a smart vegetable (or, technically fruit) because it helps support digestion, lower risk of anemia, strengthen bones, stabilize blood sugar levels and support the immune system.
Using chickpeas in your roasted vegetable salad
Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are an excellent source of minerals including zinc, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper and folate. In addition, chickpeas contain dietary fiber too which is great for stabilizing the levels of cholesterol and glucose in the blood, also helping with normal bowel movements. Like other legumes, while chickpeas is nutrient-dense, it contains virtually no fat. Initial studies have also shown that chickpeas may have the ability to support weight loss and prevent cancer.
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