As a huge source of protein, you must include beans in your diet! Inexpensive and easy to prepare, beans provide the body with folate, iron, fibre, copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc among other nutrients that work with your body to increase health.
Use these five popular beans in soups, stews, salads, casseroles, dips, pasta and side dishes.
There are far too many health benefits to eating edamame to name them all. This delicious young soybean is picked just before it has a chance to get hard. They make the perfect snack at any time of day. Edamame are:
A source of protein, iron, and calcium
Perfect for someone on a plant-based diet, edamame really pack a punch as far as the protein and are very versatile. Use them in any dish, but especially Asian dishes.
Pinto beans are often used in soups, as well as Mexican foods but they work in many dishes. The fibre helps reduce cholesterol and can keep blood sugar levels steady after eating. This makes them perfect for anyone suffering hypoglycemia, diabetes, or insulin resistance. The combination of folate, magnesium and copper assists in heart health. Expect a burst of energy when you eat pintos! If you have a pending workout, work these babies into your meal plan and you'll be amazed at the results.
Mix them with brown rice
Fill a tortilla with beans, salsa, and cheese
Add them to chili
The options are endless with this mild flavoured bean that delivers when it comes to overall health and nutrition.
Lentils have gained popularity over the past few years, though they've been available for a long time. Also delicious in soups and stews, lentils aid the body in a variety of ways. Eat lentils for better digestion, heart health, stable blood sugar, an increase in energy and even weight loss.
The earthy, nutty flavour of the lentil lends itself to many recipes. The best part is that they cook so easily. Where you have to soak most beans overnight, lentils are ready to go from dry form making cook time simple.
Whether you are a vegetarian or not, adding black beans to your menu will give vitamins and nutrients that will nourish your body. It's also proven that eating black beans reduces your risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Pregnant? Studies show that consuming black beans may help prevent birth defects. The benefits are many!
Use black beans in chili, burritos, southwest salads and many other popular dishes. They also make a great dip for vegetables or crisps. Combine them with brown rice for a complete protein, which means just enough to supplement someone who eats little to no meat.
Chickpeas do not often get the credit they deserve. Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are perfect when it comes to providing the body with both soluble and insoluble fibre. Like other products in the bean family, they give you a great dose of protein providing you energy to face the day. Some reports say that consumption of chickpeas allows one to feel more satisfied with their diet. Try them in your salad, or bake them slowly to create a crunchy treat that will curb your hunger.
Try working these beans into your daily menu and reap the added health benefits. You'll be so glad you did!