I love beans! Thankfully, beans are one of the few foods that actually love me back. Beans, also known as legumes, are a great cost friendly and healthy food that can be easily incorporated into anyone’s diet. Don’t believe me? Here are some ways that beans can benefit your health:
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduce risk of heart disease
- Prevent constipation
- Improve blood glucose level of diabetics
- regulate the colon
- reduce risk of cancer
- prevent bowel problems
Like I said it is SO easy to introduce beans into your diet. Here are my 5 favorite ways to eat beans:
1. Black Bean Burger
Yes a burger! If you are vegetarian you may already be hip to bean burgers. My favorite bean burger is the MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Burger. Before you say you hate veggie burgers I beg you to try this one. It is so easy to make and tastes amazing. When I don’t eat it as a burger I prepare the patty by cutting it up and using it as a meat replacement in a quesadilla, burrito or my rice.
It’s winter and this season I am obsessed with making soup. I make a big pot of soup (of course loaded with beans) every Sunday for my lunch during the week. Soup is easy to make. I literally combine and cook down all of my unused items into a pot along with broth and voila….soup!
This weekend I will post (show a picture) of my soup creation of the week.
3. Rice and Beans
I can eat rice and beans every day. My favorite way to eat rice and beans is alongside salmon. But really I love rice and beans any way its served!
4. Bean Salad
Bean Salad is nice to have because you can eat it by itself, put it on top of a leafy salad or use it as a dip!
Hummus is typically made of chickpeas. So if you aren’t too into beans as the highlight of your meal its easy to use hummus as a dip. You can even use it as a spread on your sandwich or pita.
Looking for a Bean filled recipe?? Check out the Bean Bible