One of the earliest known vegetables to be cultivated for food, the chickpea is the little legume packed with a big superfood punch and a perfect dose of protein. A good source of fiber and manganese which aids in fat burning and necessary for proper brain and nerve function. They are a low glycemic food so they burn slowly, keeping blood sugar low and energy sustained. And just one cup of beans adds 15 grams of fiber, more than half of the recommended 25 grams we should be eating everyday. Throw them in a salad or whip up a batch of The Barefoot Contessa's recipe for hummus and indulge. Adding these into the diet is a no brainer for sure.