What are they: kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), soybeans (edamame), lentils and even green peas.
1. Legumes are high in Fiber
They have insoluble fibre which helps keep our bowels regular. They are also a good source of soluble fibre which can help lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels.
Legumes are a good source of carbohydrate as well as protein, which makes them an affordable way to meet protein needs. They also have a low Glycemic Index (GI), which means they are broken down slowly so you feel fuller for longer and they don’t cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, which makes them particularly good food for preventing and managing diabetes.
- High in B-vitamins, phosphorous, and zinc
- Good source of folate
- Good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
How I eat them:
Black-eyed pea salsa – with tortilla chips for a crunchy snack
Slow cooker Minestrone soup – great for a no fuss high veggie meal on a rainy day
Slow cooker Chili – throw it in, forget about it AND have leftovers!
Garbanzo beans on salad – easy peasy
Black bean brownies – you would never know they were in there!
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