Beans are MAGICAL!
Perhaps you would be surprised to read this as beans have a certain stigma attached to them. I believe they are not only delicious, but it is a well known fact that they have wonderful health giving properties.
Let’s discuss what their health giving properties are.
Beans are protein rich super foods.
A great source of antioxidants, they are nutrient dense foods containing several vital nutrients.
Great for heart health, reduce risk of cancer, prevent fatty liver, control appetite (yes that’s right and so could potentially help in weight management).
And amazingly, bean carbohydrates have been proven to drastically improve the blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
With so many numerous benefits, how can you not love them? Perhaps that’s why 6th January is known as a National Bean Day in the USA.
I believe that beans should be added everyday to at least one meal. Adding beans to grains can turn an incomplete protein meal into complete ones. My favorite is hummus dip with veggies (recipe below) but you can use them in soups, salads, mains, pastas or use it as a side dish.
Ideally buying dried beans and soaking them over night is the best way to cook beans. If you are buying canned ones then rinse them well before using them to remove some added sodium.
Here is how you can make a delicious Hummus dip:
Purée 15 ounce can of chick peas, 1/4cup of Greek yogurt with olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, parsley, salt and peeper to taste and a dash of paprika. As simple as that.
Serve with toasted whole wheat pita triangles and fresh veggies for dipping! Great for snacking and great for health!
My next favorite is green moong bean soup,,, have you tried it? It’s yummylicious!!!!
In case you didn’t know, there are a number of different verities of beans in the market. Chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans), lentils, peas, kidney beans, black beans, soy beans, pinto beans and navy beans.
Pick your favorite variety and add it to your next meal.
Happy Beaning ☺ ☺ ☺