Canned vs. Dried Beans
A common question while on the Liquid Amino Diet – Can I use canned beans? The answer – always avoid canned anything whenever possible. Canned beans still work in a pinch, but studies have shown they have a higher sodium content. Sodium can wreck havoc on your progress with the diet, so it is best to cut back and avoid whenever possible. If you do use canned beans, then make sure you drain and rinse well before consuming.
Probably the biggest deterrent from people eating dried beans over canned beans is because they are unsure of how to prepare them. Here are some tips to help:
- Before anything else, you should sort through your dried beans and remove any rocks and other debris from the pile. Keep in mind that the beans will increase in size when cooking so 1 cup will often yield 3 cups cooked. So doing this once a week would be fine and then you have beans ready to go whenever you need them. 1 cup dried beans will give you 6 servings of cooked, high fiber, protein packed beans ready to help make life on the diet that much easier.
- Soak beans in three times their volume of cold water for six hours before cooking (most do overnight and that is fine, but be careful not to soak too long as they can get mushy and break apart). Using that same 1 cup example from before, 1 cup of beans would be soaked in 3 cups of water. Do not add any flavoring or salt to the soaking beans.
- For a quick soak, place beans and water in a pan, bring to a boil then remove from heat, place a tight fitting lid over the pan and leave for 2 hours.
- After the soak and BEFORE cooking the beans make sure you drain and rinse them from their soaking water.
- Put the freshly rinsed beans back in the stock pot and cover with water. Simmer for 90 minutes or until beans are tender. Always check the package of beans as cooking times can vary. ALWAYS simmer the beans, avoid boiling as boiling can cause the beans to break apart and the skins to separate.
- Store cooked beans covered in your fridge for up to 4 days or you can freeze them and they are good up to 6 months.
So, with a little planning and preparation, you won’t need those canned beans anymore! Think of all the sodium you will save your body. Beans are a great staple to any diet. Enjoy!
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