Two dietitian-approved easy bean recipes to support your weight-loss and blood sugar goals
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Easy bean recipes give you a two-for-one deal as they aid weight loss and help control blood sugar. Check out two of my favorite bean recipes and the many reasons I include beans in my diet.
Beans are naturally low in calories and high in fiber-important if you are trying to lose weight. Eating low-calorie, high-fiber foods helps you feel full and satisfied without adding too many calories.
Beans contain a mix of soluble and insoluble fibers. While soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol and decrease blood sugar spikes, insoluble fiber helps add bulk to your stool to keep you regular.
Already eat a lot of beans? Click here for a list of other fiber-rich foods.
Plant-based proteins from foods like beans are a healthy choice whether you follow a vegetarian or meat-based eating plan. A 1/2 cup serving of cooked beans contains 7-8 grams of protein and no saturated fat. This is the same amount of protein in one ounce of cooked chicken.
Beans and legumes are good sources of B vitamins, folate, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. Including nutrient-rich foods in your diet helps you stay healthy and prevents deficiencies naturally.
This appetizer is easy to make and gluten-free. In addition to being nutritious, did you know that chickpeas can help with weight loss?
Don't wait till you go to a party to try out this recipe, an excellent stand-alone appetizer, salad topper, or an addition to a Mediterranean platter.
Nutrition Facts (serving size = 1/4 cup): 69 calories, 2.9 grams total fat, 8.6 grams carbohydrate, 2.4 grams fiber, 2.6 grams protein, 166 milligrams sodium
These tostadas come together quickly, making for a perfect weeknight dinner. With a can of black beans on-hand, some corn tortillas, and the toppings of your choice, this dinner is ready in 12 minutes.
Warning: Make sure you have extra napkins handy for this messy meal.
Nutrition Facts (serving size = 1 tostada): 165 calories, 5 grams total fat, 26 grams carbohydrate, 9grams fiber, 134 milligrams sodium.
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