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    'Beans, beans they're good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you"...well, we have all sang that tune (if you know what I mean.  Wink, wink).  Beans truly are worth singing about.  They are nutrient dense and chock full of benefits. 
    Beans contain tons of vitamins and minerals.  The B vitamins are abundant in these little "magical fruits" that have the capacity to make one toot.  Also, minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese can all be found in these small wonders.
    Additionally, beans are rich in protein and fiber.  These are two very imperative components to a healthy, balanced diet.  Protein is needed for muscle recovery, muscle repair, building muscle, as well as helping with inflammation.  The latter, fiber, plays a very important role in stabilizing blood sugar which is a priority for diabetics and those dealing with hypoglycemia.  Also, by maintaining blood sugar levels, one is able to curb cravings which, ultimately, lowers ones chances of overeating and weight gain; therefore, leaving you with a full belly for a longer period of time.  Furthermore, fiber reduces the risk of coronary disease, heart attacks, and colon cancer, as well as helps to lower cholesterol.
    Taking all of these amazing beneficial properties into account, how can you resist hitting your local market and not investing in these antioxidant rich morsels???  There are a multitude of different varieties of beans and we all know that variety is the spice of life so don't hesitate to sample all.  
    One last praise to the almighty legume (this is the family that beans are a member of), it is super affordable, so eat up!  A note of advice: if you buy them dry (the cheapest way to get your lil hands on these gems), it is best to soak them first.  You can read up on the "how-to" at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/food-guides/beans.  It is simple and will cut down on your gas (and I am not talking about what you put in your vehicle).  Your other option is to buy them in the can which is still perfectly awesome and cheap.  
     After you purchase these mighty nuggets, the next step is to enjoy.  There are a million and one ways to indulge in beans.  A few easy options include a brown rice, bean, and veggie stir-fry or throw that whole creation into a wrap with some cheese and baby spinach and you've got yourself a burrito, or you can search the web for some incredible recipes.  Here's a favorite of mine that you can check out at http://www.alive.com/recipes/view/971/quinoa_black_bean_stew.  It is a splendid dish for this time of year.  Enjoy!
                                                                                                                              Wishing you lots of health & happiness,
                                                                                                                                                                            Stacy xoxo
           

 





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