Healthy Super Bowl is not an oxymoron -- or at least it doesn't have to be. If you're planning a party, think about providing some alternatives to the usual gut-busting fare. Someone will be appreciative.

In the Feb. 2 Food section, registered dietitian Tonya Turner of the Medical University of South Carolina Weight Management Center offered some advice and tips along those lines. She also provided a couple of recipes, one of which had to be left out at the last minute.

This is such a good idea, I'm happy to have another chance to share it. You can vary the spices and go in a different direction -- say Indian, with ground cumin, coriander and garam masala, for instance.

Servings: 4


1 (12-ounce) can chickpeas (Garbanzo beans), drained

1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking spray

Salt to taste (optional)

Garlic salt to taste (optional)

Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil or spray with cooking spray, and season to taste with salt, garlic salt and cayenne pepper, if using. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning.

Calories: 161; total fat, 1.7g (0 saturated, 0 trans); cholesterol, 0mg; carbohydrates, 39.1g; fiber, 5.1g; protein, 5g.