Do you love to eat things you can pick up?? I do too! I think it’s so natural and helps us feel connected to the earth and amazing plant foods.
Well, it’s time to dig our hands (literally), into my delicious and satisfying Chickpea “Tuna” Nori Wraps Recipe. This is a protein-rich, filling and amazing recipe you can work in for lunch or even dinner, when you want something you can grab and enjoy!!
Let’s see how amazingly beauty and health boosting this recipe is…
Digestion Booster: Chickpeas
Did you know that chickpeas have been a part of certain traditional diets for over 7,500 years? It comes in second place to the soybean as the next most widely grown and eaten bean in the world.
Unfortunately, only about 5 percent of Americans get the daily recommended amount of dietary fiber that they need to consume through food each day. Remember fiber is only found in plant foods! How can we up that percentage? By adding this staple legume into our Beauty Detox meal plans.
One of the reasons I love chickpeas is for its fiber. I know, I know, it can be tiring to hear about fiber, yet again. But fiber really plays a huge role in facilitating healthy digestion. This is because it quickly moves foods through the digestive tract.
The end result (no pun intended), is that it helps decrease symptoms of IBS and constipation.
How does fiber work?
By drawing fluids from the body and binding into bulk the toxins and waste that must be removed from the body.
In addition, fiber helps to balance our pH levels and bacteria within the gut. By balancing pH levels, our bodies can then increase healthy bacteria while decreasing unhealthy bacteria.
Just remember, when there is an imbalance in gut flora bacteria, this often leads to digestive problems — something we want to avoid at all costs!
The high amount of fiber in garbanzo beans is responsible for its filling effect and helps to improve digestion, but it does/provides much more than this:
Chickpeas are a bit on the heavier, heartier side, and to be honest, I used to not eat chickpeas very often, as they are a combination of starch and protein and can be a bit gassy.
However, with proper rinsing/soaking you can cut down on this and work them into your diet. I also rotate in chickpeas (and love sprouted hummus), in recipes like this one, and encourage you to do the same — particularly if you’re having any digestive issues to begin with.
Since chickpeas are heartier, they are a great high protein meat replacement that won’t weigh your body down or leave the acidic by-products upon digestion that animal proteins do.
This is one of the many reasons I am plant-based — cleaner food, cleaner body! You don’t have to be 100% one way if that doesn’t suit you right now. However, it’s good to keep in mind and work in more plant-based meals overall, for your own health and beauty benefits.
Make the choice for fresh plant foods, and feel more fresh, radiant and of higher energy. It truly is an amazing way to live and feel.
When purchasing pre-cooked chickpeas, try and source a carton vs. a can. This is to avoid the BPA (shortened from bisphenol-a), which is a chemical used to coat the lining of cans and many plastic products (Scary!).
Do your best, and remember you can also cook in batches and freeze some chickpeas.
We strive for 80% Beauties — Progress not Perfection! Coming from a space of knowing you are enough as you are, and working to support your own radiance.
Besides all of that, chickpeas are truly amazing at mimicking and replacing the texture of una that is found in tuna wraps and sandwiches, especially when you mash them up and make them flaky (picking up all the flavors from the seasonings). Tuna is full of mercury and other toxins and heavy metals. The fishing of tuna is also implicated in the killing of millions of dolphins and sharks, something that can not be overlooked :(.
Nutrient-Rich: Nori Sheets
Surely by now, you know just how much I love my gluten-free wraps. Even I have to admit how hard it is to switch them out on occasion — giving my body a break from time to time.
However, I’ve been using nori sheets to satisfy those times when I just want to roll all my veggies up into a healthy burrito-like wrap, and these guys sure do the trick!
Nori is the Japanese word for do and refers to dried seaweed sheets made from the edible red algae species called porphyra yezoensis and porphyra tenera. Nori tends to turn a blackish green when dried and is typically used to wrap sushi.
Yes, nori sheets are like little vessels that contain lots of trace minerals, pure nutrition, and only 10 calories per sheet (whose counting, right?!). It’s so great to include vegetables from the land and from the sea, for wider variety of nutrients and minerals into our system.
Here are some other standout benefits to incorporating nori:
Good source of dietary iodine, as they accumulate significant amounts of iodine from seawater
A betaine compound found in nori, lowers high levels of plasma cholesterol
Rich source of free and bound amino acids such as alanine, aspartic acid, glycine, glutamic acid, lysine, arginine, leucine, histidine, and isoleucine
Their trace minerals help destroy free radicals via cascading enzyme systems
Contains significant amounts of vitamin B12 —best source of vitamin B12, especially for strict vegetarians/vegans/plant-based lifestyles
This edible seaweed can be found in the Asian section of health food stores, and seems to be surfacing at regular grocery stores as well. Never hesitate to ask the store manager if they can start carrying them as well (they are usually more than happy to).
If all that wasn’t enough, this wrap is fully loaded with everything from spinach and radishes, to celery and carrots (and much more!). I’m ready to start prepping this simple, delicious, and nutritionally-packed wrap! How about you?! ????
Mash cooked chickpeas in small bowl.
Add the chopped celery to the mashed chickpeas.
Add the radishes.
Add the fresh lemon juice.
Add the mustard.
Add the cilantro.
Add the sea salt and black pepper.
Mix together until fully combined.
Chop spinach, carrot, cucumber, and cabbage into long thin strips the size of the nori sheets. Scoop chickpea mixture onto nori wrap. Lay veggies down the middle.
Top with strips of veggies and sprouts and roll. Enjoy!
I find myself walking up to the local park with Bubs two times a day now, as part of our rhythm, and I love it! Life just keeps evolving! I think about my daily rhythm just a few years ago living in NYC, and then pre-Bubs, and wow! Things are different. And amazing, right wherever we are :). xo