I use chickpeas in a lot of the meal plans and recipes I create for my clients. Why? Because these pulses, part of the low-fat legumes family, are one of the superfoods athletes can consume to improve athletic performance. Let's find out how!
🚀 Chickpeas are high in protein and low on the glycemic index for carbohydrates. This means they are slowly digested, providing a sustained source of energy to muscle over several hours.
🔋 Chickpeas are slow to digest which stimulates a lower release of insulin into the blood compared to white bread, potatoes, or sugar-sweetened energy drinks. High insulin levels prior to endurance exercise can be harmful to your performance as an athlete, because it can prevent the burning of fats by muscle.
💪🏼 Eating chickpeas in the hours before endurance exercise improve metabolism during exercise by promoting the use of fats by muscle and preserve muscle glycogen – the carbohydrate stores in muscle that are important for extending endurance performance.
𝑵𝒖𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒖𝒆𝒔 𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒖𝒑:
210 Kcal / Carbohydrates 35g / Protein 10.7g / Fat 3.8g