Chickpeas, also called Garbanzo Beans, are especially good cooked and added to your favourite tossed green salad or added to soups, curries and stews. They have a nutty flavor and are used to make hummus, falafel and curries. Chickpeas are an ancient pulse, or legume, originating from Turkey in 7000 B.C. They are a nutrient-dense food and pack tons of protein, fibre and other nutrients into your meal, without adding a lot of calories. When you get your protein from chickpeas, you also get the blood sugar stabilising and heart health benefits of soluble fibre and build up your muscles.