Power up with Beans!
Revising your diet to include more nutrients and less fat is easier than you think. There is one pantry item that is often overlooked but it packs a punch when it comes to nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins. It is easy to make, and can be used in numerous dishes.
Beans, also known as legumes, are one of the most versatile food items you can find. They come in a variety of colors, flavors, and consistencies. High in fiber, protein, and iron, they aid in weight loss because they keep you full longer.
They deliver protein better than beef or chicken because they are low fat. Among some of the benefits of consuming beans is that they reduce the risk of:
- Heart disease
- High Cholesterol
Beans come in dry or canned forms. The dried variety is preferential in order to obtain maximum nutritional value. However, if you’re in a pinch for time, canned always saves the day. Just drain the liquid they come in and rinse them out. Adding beans to your dishes will not only enhance the flavor but will also boost the nutritional content of your meal. They can be used in salads, soup, stews, and even tacos.
Dry beans are often thought to be time consuming and laborious to make but little preparation is actually required: Cut prep time in half by soaking them in water overnight, boil for about an hour, add seasonings and condiments, and you’re good to go. Forgot to soak overnight? Just boil for two hours on medium-low. One 16 oz. bag yields enough beans for several different dishes. So pick a color from the rainbow of options and power up!