The Beautiful Bean

Beautiful Beans - All about beansWhile there may be no such thing as a magic weight-loss pill, the high-fiber, low-calorie, extremely nutritious legume comes very close.

The legume family, which includes beans, peas, and lentils has been used by cultures around the world for ages. The legume’s history as a significant food source for nourishing populations worldwide demonstrates its adaptability and versatility.

Healthy Beans

Most legumes are a good source of iron, calcium, folate and other B vitamins, and super slimming fiber! The average protein content of your average bean is 27%.

Beans for Weight Loss

Their remarkable nutrition profile makes them one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. Studies show that legumes are effective in lowering cholesterol and preventing and treating diabetes. Certain phytochemicals in beans have been found to reduce the risk of cancer. Black beans have been shown to be beneficial to the reproductive system and help with problems related to menopause.

Yummy Beans

Beans are a super easy, very versatile, extremely economical food.  And they’re gluten-free.

Legumes can add slimming fiber and nutrition to chili

Mild Chili Recipe

patties

Cauliflower Rice Pattiespasta sauce

Pasta with Broccoli Avocado Sauce
soups

White Bean Kale Soup

dips and spreads

White Bean Garlic Parsley Dip

salads

How to Make Quinoa

sandwiches

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

and, of course, burritos and tostadas.  What!?  I just realized I have no burrito or tostada recipes on this blog.  Aiy!

You can even increase the fiber content and lower the fat content of guacamole by blending in some pureed white beans.  Yep.  Beans are the food for weight loss.

White bean guacamole

Better Beans

Most legumes come both dried (economical option) and canned (convenient option). Our favorite way to cook dry beans is in the crock-pot (slow cooker).

How to Cook Beans in a Crock Pot

They come out soooooo soft, soooooo tender, sooooooo good!  And how much easier can it get than to have your meal cooked for you while you are sleeping or at work?

Beautiful Beans

Different Kinds of BeansAnd you’ll find a rainbow of variety when it comes to beans. From large to very tiny, oval to disc-shaped to perfectly round, from black to red to white and even freckled these nutritional powerhouses come in all sizes, shapes, and colors so you can find lots of ways to use your bean.

What is your favorite way to eat beans?

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  1. Jennifer says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! LOVE Beans! Your photos are wonderful too! One of my fave foods when I was 3 was Lima Beans! Now I like all of them just about and value them more now than ever :)

    • Aw, thank you Jennifer! So happy you liked it.
      That’s really cool that one of your favorite foods was limas! Just goes to show little kids can like healthy foods. :)
      Thanks for the comment.

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