Featured Posts

What Can We Take From 2020?
As we eagerly embraced a new decade almost a year ago, full of positivity and aspirations for the year ahead, we were blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. No one was prepared for 2020...
View Post
The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide for 2021
Setting goals and working towards something specific is the key to success. Here’s how to set goals in 2021...
View Post
A Productive Start To The Year
Life should be about finding a balance that's right for you. There will be times when the pressure is on, and you need to put the hours in. Just don't make a habit of it.
View Post
What will happen to the fashion industry post covid-19?
Fashion is an industry which thrives on people being together- from huge worldwide showcases in Paris, Milan and New York to the most exclusive backstage parties attended by fashions elite.
View Post
To top

Chickpeas? Yes Please!

You might be surprised to hear that in May, there is an entire day devoted to celebrating hummus. But, you shouldn’t be. This mysterious, exotic and utterly delicious treat from the Middle East is a must-have in everyone’s fridge. If you haven’t tried hummus before, there has never been a better time to indulge.  

But, if you’re not a fan of the taste of this delectable dip, you don’t need to banish chickpeas from your life entirely. There are plenty of crafty ways you can celebrate this legume in a way that doesn’t involve eating it. Keep reading to find out how! 

Prevent Hair Loss

As chickpeas are rich in protein, they can be powerful preventatives for hair-loss. They also contain something called manganese, which thickens and strengthens the fibers of your hair, and also copper which helps to fight hair loss.  

As if that isn’t enough to persuade you, chickpeas also contain Vitamin A and zinc, which are effective treatments in fighting dandruff! To reap the benefits, simply mix 6 tablespoons of mashed chickpeas in water and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse as usual. Don’t be put off by the smell – you’ll thank us later! 

A Homemade Cleanser

While this may come as a surprise to you, it actually makes a lot of sense. The manganese in chickpeas offers energy to cells and is known to fight free radicals that can cause wrinkles. Meanwhile, the B vitamins work as fuel for the cells to keep them regenerating. 

To make a cheap yet effective cleanser at home, simply mix chickpea paste with turmeric and apply the mixture to your face in the morning. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with cold water. This remedy also helps reduce age spots and brighten your face. Beauty tip – don’t leave it on for longer than the recommended amount of time, as the turmeric can quickly move from providing a sun-kissed glow to turning you bright orange! 

Make Your Own Door Stop

Got an old t-shirt lying around? Or a funky scarf that’s a little too funky to wear outdoors? Make a homemade door stop with any old garments you have lying around, as long as they aren’t mesh or contain holes, add a tin of chickpeas. It may sound strange – but just go with it.  

First, you’ll need to prepare the chickpeas. Spread them out onto a paper towel, and allow them to dry completely. This will take around 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. When the chickpeas are dry, spread them onto the baking sheet and bake them until golden for about 40 minutes. Once they are baked, allow them to cool completely.  

Meanwhile, take an old piece of strong fabric and cut it into a large square – about 30cm x 30cm should be enough. If you’re a confident seamstress, sew each side of the square to the neighboring side, until you are left with a pocket at the top of a pouch. If you aren’t handy with a needle, just super glue the sides together. Make sure there are no holes so your chickpeas don’t roll out! 

Once the chickpeas are cool, you can choose to add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, to the tray and bake for a further five minutes, before cooling again. You don’t need to do this step, but it will overpower the smell of the chickpeas and leave the door stop smelling nice and floral.  

Once they are completely cool, they should be hard and have a marble-like texture. Pour them into the pouch of the fabric, until it is about three quarters full. Then, sew up or superglue the open pouch closed, as tightly as you can. Once you’ve done this, you can decorate it in any way that you like – you could draw on it, tie a bow around it, or just leave it as it is. Viola! A doorstop on a budget.

Homemade Marbles

If you’ve got little ones at home and you want to encourage them to get crafty, why not set them the challenge of making their own marbles. The initial process is very similar to preparing chickpeas for a homemade doorstop. Spread them out onto a paper towel, and allow them to dry completely. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. When the chickpeas are dry, spread them onto the baking sheet and bake them until golden for about 40 minutes. Once they are baked, allow them to cool.  

This is where the fun comes in. Get your little ones to divide up the cooled chickpeas into portions. Add a different food colouring to each portion, then mix each portion up so the colour is evenly distributed. You should now have portions of chickpeas that are all completely different colours! Add them back onto the baking tray, and bake for a further ten minutes. Allow them to cool, then mix them together to make a back of multi-coloured chickpea marbles. Let the fun begin! 

WRITTEN BY

Share This Story

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Share on pinterest

DISCLAIMER: We always aim to credit the original source of every image we include in our content. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please get in touch at marketing@cohorted.co.uk.