Beans- Nature’s Tiny Nugget of Nutrient Goodness

20691beans-peas-and-lentils-posters1Beans are underestimated nutrient powerhouses!  These little nuggets of goodness, a staple food in many parts of the world, average 10 grams of carbs, and 10 grams of protein, and only 0.5 grams of fat.  They also contain B vitamins, iron,  high amounts of fiber, and NO cholesterol.  In fact, many experts advocate amping up on the bean intake to improve heart health and reduce cholesterol levels.  When mixed with brown rice, seeds, wheat, or corn, beans make a fabulous substitution for meat by providing high amounts of complete protein.    

Some of my favorite beanie ideas:

  • Brown Rice topped with Black Beans, red onions and curcumin
  • Red Kidney Beans on salad with corn and veggies
  • Pinto Beans on a Haystack (SDA style) 
  • Northern White Beans with corn and curry powder

The options for these little guys are endless.  Shoot for new ways to include beans in your diet!

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A New Water To Love

cuc4Tired of lemon water but still want to avoid the calorie loaded alternatives? Drop a few slices of cucumber in a tall glass of H2O for a refreshing new flavor that wont pack on the pounds.  Its a delicious spring beverage!