Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top 20 Healing Foods- Beans

Welcome back to Day 2 of my "Top 20 Healing Foods" series.  Today I present you the humble bean.  Beans are amazing sources of soluble fiber, which soaks up cholesterol so your body can dispose of it before it sticks to your artery walls.  It also is rich in protein, with a cup of cooked lentils providing the same amount as a t-bone steak!  Beans are also rich in folate (a B vitamin) which is essential for a healthy pregnancy, and magnesium which helps relax arteries, giving blood more room to flow and lowering blood pressure.  Choosing red beans gives you an antioxidant boost as well!

Key Nutrients:
Vitams A and C

Here are a collection of bean recipes I've posted in the past.  Try one or try them all!

Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa
Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
Black Bean Fiesta Pasta Salad
Hearty Pasta Sauce
Summer Quinoa Salad
Black Bean Soup

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