I challenge you to enjoy beans at least once this week!
There are so many good reasons to add beans to your diet:
- Beans are inexpensive and filling
- Beans are FULL of fiber (which most of us don’t get enough of!)
- Beans are low-fat and low-calorie
- Excellent source of plant-based protein
- Great source of calcium
Perhaps you’ve had issues digesting beans in the past (who isn’t singing that nursery rhyme right now “beans, beans the magical fruit” . . .), but most of the time this is because they have been undercooked or improperly prepared. If you want to reduce the gas issues from beans, soak them overnight, cook them at a lower temperature for longer and add spices or kombu (a sea vegetable) while cooking.
Play around with different types of beans too – some may work well for you and others do not.
Finally, don’t suddenly start eating beans two or three times a day – you will probably suffer. Slowly introduce them into your diet until you can comfortably enjoy them three or four times a week.
When I prepare beans, I simply soak them overnight in 6 to 8 cups of warm water, then drain them, and cook on low heat for 2 to 3 hours until soft.
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