Sweet, healthy, and addicting!  These Clean Eating Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas make the perfect snack! With only four ingredients, you can’t afford NOT to make these.

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I’ve always wanted to try roasted chickpeas.   I’ve heard they are delicious and make a great crunchy snack.  Chickpeas are such a healthy food! They contain a lot of protein and fiber, which help keep you feeling full and satisfied!

There are many flavours of these roasted chickpeas you can try.  The chickpeas by themselves are very mild, so any combination of spices make these delicious.  But my favourite flavour combination is cinnamon sugar!

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I’ve seen multiple ways to make these roasted chickpeas, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are EASY!  So easy that I can’t believe I waited this long to make them.

Of course, I had to make them clean eating approved since that is how I mostly eat.  It wasn’t difficult to make them clean eating approved.  All I did was substitute coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar.  Tastes the same to me!

There are a couple of secrets to making these Clean Eating Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas crunchy:

1) The chickpeas must be dry.  I like to drain them in a mesh sieve, then place them on a paper towel and pat, pat, pat dry!
2) Then, after roasting them plain for a few minutes, mix them with the cinnamon sugar mixture and then roast again.

Doing those two things allows the chickpeas to become even more crunchy.

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The chickpeas stay crunchy for about a day, then after that they lose their crunch.  However, they are still flavourful and can be eaten.  I like to make these roasted chickpeas as a snack for my boys, and they also make a great salad topper.

Whichever way you choose to enjoy them, I’m sure you’ll love this healthy, sweet snack idea!

Clean Eating Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Serving Size: 1/4 cup


  • 1 (15 oz) can "no salt added" chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large strainer, rinse and drain the chickpeas. Spread them out onto your prepared baking sheet and pat dry with a paper towel. The drier the chickpeas, the crunchier they will be.
  3. Once dry, place the chickpeas into the oven and roast for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove from oven and drizzle with olive oil. Use a spatula to stir the beans around to make sure they are evenly coated. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and sprinkle over the beans. Mix around to coat the beans.
  4. Place chickpeas back into the oven and roast for another 15 minutes.
  5. Store at room temperature.


Cal: 66 Fat: 2g Protein: 3g Carbs: 8g Fiber: 2g Sodium: 3mg

Weight Watchers Points+: 2

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Piyo | Week 1 Review

by Jen on July 18, 2014

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I am so excited….I have officially started my Piyo Journey! I am thrilled to share with you my weekly progress with PiYo! I’ll be completely honest with you, I was scared to commit to this program, not because I didn’t believe in the program, but because I have been lifting heavy weights for five years now, and I was afraid to give that up!  But after chatting with some other coaches and seeing their results, I have decided to give 100% commitment and do Piyo from start to finish!

I’ve decided to take a break from lifting weights and give my muscles something else to do…something that is intense, but isn’t going to tighten my muscles, rather, instead it will lengthen them and give them increased flexibility.  I also know that I have a lower back injury that really need some TLC.

My main goal with Piyo is not to lose weight but to increase my strength, flexibility and my core! I want to maintain my current fitness level and increase my overall performance. So this means I am eating for maintenance calories and not for weight loss!

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So what does week 1 look like:

Day 1 is the fundamentals which is 40 minutes long. This workout breaks down the most important and effective moves in the program to help you perfect your form and get the best results possible.  Definitely don’t skip this introduction or else you’ll be wondering what the heck you are doing the rest of the week!

Day 2 is Define: Lower Body (20 minutes) which really focuses on your lower body.  Hello deep lunges!

Day 3 is Define: Upper Body (18 minutes). At first, I thought I put in the wrong workout since we were doing a lot of core work…but then came the tricep pushups…and they kept coming!  So ya, it was an upper body workout for sure.

Day 4 is Sweat (35 minutes) which is fast paced cardio yoga flow and body weight resistance strength training to help sculpt your entire body.  And YES…you WILL SWEAT without doing ANY running or jumping.

Day 5 is REST

Day 6 you repeat Define: Lower Body

Day 7 you repeat Define: Upper Body

YAY, week 1 is done!!!

So you may be wondering what I’m doing for the nutrition part.

I am going to use the 21 day fix containers for portion size and mix that together with the Piyo meal plan!

To start, I figured out my calorie baseline (what we burn just being alive). For me, that is approximately 1,500 calories per day. Next, I needed to determine my maintenance calories (the # of calories I need to eat per day to maintain my current weight.)  This is 1,900 calories per day.  **Now please remember, I am not wanting to lose weight, which means I can eat more that someone who wants to lose weight.  Most people will be in a lower range and will need to figure out how many calories they will need to eat to LOSE weight.

I am going to follow the Piyo Get Lean Eating Plan which takes a balanced approach giving you all the energy you need to power thru your workouts!

It’s really important to know that you should not eat fewer calories than recommended for many days in a row because it is truly unhealthy and detrimental to your results…and you don’t want that!

You want to use this guide as an approximate value, but don’t be stressed about the numbers or hitting an exact amount each day.  Stay within 200 calories of your target and the results will come in no time.

For MY target range I am eating :

6 servings of Primary Veggies
3 servings of secondary veggies and grains
3 servings of fresh fruit
7 servings of lean protein
4 servings of healthy fats

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So I encourage you to follow me on my Piyo Journey on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and right here on my blog!  I also am accepting applications for my next Drop a Dress Size support group where you can use Piyo to GET RESULTS and WIN MONEY in the PROCESS!!

Here is my most recent video where I share my week 1 thoughts about Piyo:


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  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE avocado!!  Not only is it great on a salad, but I also use it a lot in my baking since it’s so healthy and creamy.  Another great way to use avocado is to make a creamy salad dressing. Sure, you can go to the store and […]

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  If you have kids like I do, you’ve probably bought Nutella at some point!  Or even if you don’t have kids…you’ve probably bought Nutella  It’s seriously yummy stuff.  However, after switching over to more of a clean eating lifestyle, I have become more aware of ingredients in popular foods, foods like Nutella. When you […]

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