How can you get a healthy source of protein, rich in minerals, vitamins, and fiber in five total minutes of your time? Turn your attention to a package of dry, chickpeas. Here is the five minute method:
1 minute: Measure 1/2 lb of beans and rinse. Place into a glass bowl and cover with 4 cups of water. Set aside while you sleep.
* 8 hours of sleep for optimum health:
Although some people claim to feel rested on just a few hours of sleep a night, research shows that people who sleep so little over many nights don't perform as well on complex mental tasks as do people who get closer to seven hours of sleep a night. Studies among adults also show that getting less or much more than seven hours of sleep a night is associated with a higher mortality rate. - SOURCE
1 minute: Rinse beans when you get up in the morning and transfer to a saucepan large enough to hold beans and 3 cups of water. Place on stove top and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
2 minutes: Reduce heat but keep high enough so beans boil for 2 minutes.
1 minute: Turn off heat and allow beans to rest. Drain. Make sure they are tender and season as per personal taste suggest. Hint: A little salt, pepper, lemon juice, parsley... maybe garlic, cumin.
Total minutes: 5 minutes of attention time to a pot of cooked, healthy, nutrient rich, protein packed chickpeas. Add to salads, soups, make a dip, and even get creative by using mashed beans in sweet dessert or snack treats.