WOW. There's just so much to share and I don't know where to start or what I should focus on.
But, today I think the post is gonna be about BEANS.
Since I started using Dr. Greger's 'How Not To Die' book about how much healthier we can be with a plant-based diet, well, I have just been 'over the moon' about each new discovery.
And, gals, I tell you no lie... I have eaten more beans in the last 4 months than I think I did in all my 83 years put together.
THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU!!
Now, I always used to fix the standard green beans and some black-eyed peas with my meals but I didn't branch out much. Now, there's nothing off limits.
Dr. G says you should get 3 servings of beans a day. Oh lordy. Okay, let's see how we can fit all those things into the menu planning.
It's Breakfast time. Beans for breakfast!! I don't think so.... but hey I will try anything... once!. So how about some left-over cooked green beans stirred into scrambled eggs or perhaps a hummus/ breakfast burrito? One down, two to go.
I could do a serving of some type of bean soup for lunch. Any kind of soup is more healthy if they contain beans. Or try baked beans with a lettuce wrapped burger. Okay, two down, one to go.
My afternoon snack could be edamame beans by the handful or hummus stuffed celery. I could make veggies strips and dip them into bean dip.
I would have never thought to add hummus or dip to my BEAN needs. Probably all of you knew this already... (I am a slow learner!) So, that's my third serving. Hey, I am finished for today.
Did you know that beans are loaded with protein, iron and zinc and also include fiber, folate and potassium? They are considered both a protein in our diet as well as a vegetable. They do double duty. They are great for lowering cholesterol, regulating our bodily functions and giving us nutrients that we need.
How is your favorite way to incorporate beans into your meals? Or had you ever thought about it?
And, did you know that you can make black bean brownies? We can add beans to our desserts, too. Wow.
So, let's get those pantry shelves and freezers stocked with BEANS, BEANS, BEANS!!
BEAN SERVING SIZES:
1/4 cup of hummus or bean dip
1/2 cup cooked, beans, split peas, lentils, tofu or tempeh
1 cup of fresh (raw) peas