Chickpea and Pomegranate Salad with a Lemony Basil Dressing

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A simple chickpea salad with little jewels of pomegranate and a hint of fresh coriander and mint leaves. It has a crunchy bite to it and the bold flavors of the herbs and the spices amalgamate to have a celebration in your mouth.

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I’ve always loved legumes as they are an essential part of Indian cooking but chickpeas have been my favorite protein source since I went vegan. They are delicious, versatile and simple to work with. They contain 17 gms of protein and 14 gms of fiber for every 100 gms and I think that’s pretty impressive.

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I’m going to clear up the confusion, that I’m NOT a high carb low fat vegan. I love my proteins and fats a lot to go on a HCLF plan, but don’t get me wrong I love my carbs too. I believe that a person should have a balanced diet which should not be depleted in any macro. I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth to drink a smoothie containing 10 bananas and 20 dates in one sitting (I’m more of a savory person). I eat mostly vegetables, fruits and complex carbohydrates accompanied with proteins in the form of beans and legumes. With the very essential fats in the form of avocados, nuts, coconut oil and olive oil every once in a while. I believe that no one should force themselves to eat in a certain way just because other people are eating that way. Eat what feels right to you, listen to your body.

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I think another issue needs to be addressed since I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately and have also struggled with extensively through my teens (and do sometimes struggle with it now). It’s about truly loving your body for the magnificent work of art that it is. Growing up in today’s society with set beauty standards is difficult, I know, but I want you to love your body the way that it is, right now in this moment. Do not wait for loving it when you’re 10 pounds lighter or when you fit into that dress, love it now! And when you do that you send out love in the entirety of the cosmos and attract more love to yourself and also lose the pounds easily. The majority of the weight that you have on your body has been constructed around you through your mind, give it love and let it go!

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Anyway, eating healthy is a life long journey and it’s important to make it an everyday practice. Try to eat lots of greens and fruits for the majority of your diet and I promise you will never feel fat again. I’ve been there and I know that it’s not a very good feeling.

Love you guys! Stay healthy :*

 

Chickpea and Pomegranate Salad with a Lemony Basil Dressing

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A simple chickpea salad with little jewels of pomegranate and a hint of fresh coriander and mint leaves topped with a lemony basil dressing.

Category: Salad, Snacks, High Fiber, High Protein
Serves: 4
Author: The Vegan Psyche

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Ingredients

    • 1 Can Chickpeas/2 Cups cooked Chickpeas
    • 1 Cup Pomegranate Jewels
    • 1 Big Bowl of mixed greens, I use Lettuce (Green Leaf, Red Leaf and Mesclun)
    • Bunch of fresh Coriandr
    • Bunch of fresh Mint
    • 14-16 Olives
    • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (optional)
    • Juice of 1 Lemon
    • 1 tsp Pepper
    • 1 tsp basil
    • Himalayan Pink Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Break up the leaves.
  2. Wash the chickpeas, add them with pomegranate, olives, coriander and mint to the greens.
  3. Mix up the last 5 ingredients from the list to make the dressing (the oil is optional).
  4. Mix everything together, enjoy the awesomeness!

 

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