Beans have had a bad rap through the years as a food more ‘musical’ than anything else. Don’t let that make you shy away from these nutrition powerhouses! From providing a punch of blood-sugar friendly energy, through being an excellent source of vegetarian protein, these powerful little helpers should be on everyone’s plate.
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Often dynamite comes in small packages. Despite their size, these beans pack 7.5 grams of protein and the same amount of fibre into one half-cup serving. They’ll help boost your iron, folate, magnesium, B6, thiamine and manganese. Folate is critical for pregnant women as it helps with the growth of the baby, and B vitamins are critical to sustaining healthy energy levels for everyone. Even better, they make scrumptious additions to dishes like chili and refried beans, plus work amazingly in soups, slow cooker meals and even as homemade baked beans.
The name may be odd- they’re named for their shape- but these dark beans provide a healthy punch of blood-sugar balancing fibre, lean protein, iron, copper and magnesium. These beans have a good firm feel and absorb flavour well, so they’re not only popular in cooked dishes and soups, but make a great addition to salads too.
Black beans are low in fat and calories- half a cup yields about 113 calories, while still giving you 8g of protein, 7 of fibre and less than 1g of fat. They provide folic acid, potassium, iron and magnesium, and are great for helping you stay full even if you’re trying to manage your weight and cut calories. They’re perfect for mexican dishes