Beans are an excellent “super food” that can easily be incorporated into your diet to help you manage your weight, stay fuller for longer and to help meet your daily nutritional needs. How can you incorporate more beans into your diet?
Add Beans to Salads
An easy way to add more beans to your diet is to add a can of drained, rinsed beans to your favourite salad. Not only will the beans add visual appeal and make a salad look good, but they will also add more fibre and protein to the meal. This in turn will help fill you up. A single cup of beans (around two servings) can provide up to half your daily recommended allowance of fibre, depending on the brand and type of beans you choose.
Add Beans to Salsa for Extra Texture
Salsa is a great snack to serve guests while the main course cooks away in the oven. Whip up a batch of homemade salsa with fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped onion, a hint of jalapeno pepper, and lime juice. Then add two or three servings of beans, depending on how many guests you have to serve, for a healthy, tasty snack before the meal is served. Any kind of beans will work well with the salsa, especially chickpeas, black eyed beans, or kidney beans.
Bean and Turkey Wrap
Turkey is low in saturated fat, making this a healthy choice to enjoy in a wrap. Boost the nutritive value of your lunch by adding beans to your wrap. If you cannot cope with the prospect of loose beans falling out, prepare the beans in advance by mashing them into a paste, similar to the texture and consistency of refried beans, and then spread the beans onto the tortilla or pita, as you would butter or margarine.
Beans not only taste great, but they are very low in fat and calories and are a naturally good source of fibre and protein, which can help you feeling fuller for longer. Incorporate beans into your diet by adding them to salads, salsa or served with a tasty turkey wrap.