Like many of you, I have moments when I fear I suffer from food addiction. I’m sure in some way, we all do. I have noticed this past year with Whitney’s Kitchen that my addictions have changed. While I used to crave anything ice cream related, I now crave black beans.
I did NOT see that coming!!
I am sure you are laughing to yourself right now wondering how one could possibly replace the other. I’d be laughing too if it hadn’t happened to me! One of the first things I did last year was cut out dairy. I still allow myself the occasional scoop of ice cream, but I skip milk, cheeses, yogurts and puddings now. The most noticeable change?
No more uncomfortable belly bloat!!
This change meant I needed new, filling snacks to replace my old love. Somehow, black beans saved the day! The things I have created with them in the past year blow my mind. From meals to side dishes to snacks to desserts, I have done it all!
Why does this anecdote about myself matter?
Do you know how amazing these tiny magic black beans are for you? While cooking my dried beans yesterday to restock our freezer, I decided to research them. Here is some of what I found:
- They have a very high protein and fiber content.
- They contain countless vitamins and minerals.
- Studies suggest they help strengthen bones. The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc in these tiny beans all assist with this! As well as elasticity of bones and joints!!
- They are low in sodium and can help decrease blood pressure naturally. (If you purchase canned beans, grab low-sodium and be sure you still drain and rinse them.)
- They can help lower your total overall cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease.
- The fiber in cooked black beans can help manage diabetes!
- They contain quercetin which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
- They have been linked to helping prevent cancer AND reduce tumor growth rates.
- Aid in digestion thanks to their fiber content AND provide fuel for your healthy colon bacteria.
- Aid in weight loss by reducing your appetite and keeping you full longer.
How about THAT list?! If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will!
So yes, I am officially a SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS Black Bean Convert! You can find countless recipes on our Whitney’s Kitchen website for your black beans. We also adore a young lady named Chocolate Covered Katie. If you have a sweet-tooth, click on her site and see what she can do with beans and other plant-based foods!