Beans may not have the mouthwatering appeal as other food choices, but do you know the power that beans have on your nutrition and health? Beans are a source of protein and that is fuel for our muscles to stay strong. They are also considered a starchy vegetable as they contain more carbohydrate then other vegetables.
Have you ever heard of Pulses?
Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Some of the most common pulses are dry beans, peas, and lentils. Did you know that hundreds of varieties of pulses are grown in 173 countries around the world? Many cultures around the world rely on pulses for a source of protein. A ½ cup serving provides protein and nutrients your body needs for daily functioning.
Why are beans so powerful?
|Copper||Nervous System Function|
|Fiber||Heart Health & Digestion|
|Folic Acid||Healthy Red Blood Cells|
|Iron||Wound Healing and Immunity|
|Magnesium||Healthy Blood Sugar|
|Potassium||Healthy Blood Pressure|
|Thamin||Turns food into energy|
How do I add more beans to my meals?
Beans can be added to any meal in simple and quick ways which will help you in achieve health. For breakfast try breakfast tacos, a bean and cheese burrito or baked beans on toast. For lunch mix in your favorite into a green’s salad, enjoy red beans and rice or chickpeas with chopped cucumbers, tomato, olives, parsley, and Italian dressing. For dinner try a 3-bean chili or bean enchiladas. Don’t forget beans can be part of snacks too. Enjoy hummus with pita chips and veggies, roasted chickpeas or top a baked potato with beans and cheese.
Make beans part of meals and snacks more often and enjoy the power!