Vegetarian Week: Beans, Beans, Beans

Beans as a proteinWe have all heard the saying beans, beans the magical fruit… and yes, they are magical. Beans are loaded with fiber and protein, and they add flavor and substance to foods without adding many calories. You can substitute one, two, or even three types of beans into your favorite chili in place of meat for a high protein and high fiber meal that will have friends and family coming back for seconds. Beans are one of the most versatile foods known to man. You can literally create hundreds of different dishes delicious enough for even the fussiest of eaters. Adding beans to your diet can help add a lot of variety but also has many great benefits.

Beans:

  • Increase feeling of satisfaction
  • Decrease hunger because they are high in fiber
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Help remove excess toxins
  • Improve heart health- if you are trying to cut red meat out of your diet because of heart problem or other serious medical condition you are in luck. Some beans have even more protein then beef and around 20 or so grams of fiber. That is a lot of bang for your buck, particularly considering beans are only a fraction of the price you pay for beef.

Preparing beans can be time consuming. However, you can presoak them the night before and then perhaps make a hearty stew when you have time (approximately 30-45 minutes with presoaked beans) that will last a few days.

While on the Liquid Amino diet you can have one serving (between 100-120 calories) of beans each day to replace a protein serving. Beans are also a great option for a vegetarian meal. Remember to watch serving sizes of beans – they can be a little misleading if you are not familiar with cooking them – use the calories on your package and adjust your serving size to around 100-120 calories.

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