Love your beans!Love your beans

The theme for National Nutrition Week 2016 is “Love your beans.”  It is not only beans that we are focusing, but all legumes.

Legumes include:

  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Split peas
  • All beans: green beans, baked beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, butter beans and sugar beans

Why should you eat beans?

  • Beans contain protein
  • Beans are low in fat
  • Beans are low in sodium
  • Beans are cholesterol-free
  • Beans contain plenty of fibre

Health benefits of beans:

The fibre in beans:

  • Helps to prevent or improve constipation
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Helps to control blood sugar levels
  • Keeps you feeling fuller for longer
  • Helps to improve the immune system

How to use beans:

  • Tinned beans are easy to use – drain, rinse and use!
  • Dried lentils cook quickly – boil them in water for 20 minutes.
  • Chickpeas can be used in stews, pasta dishes and salads.
  • Baked beans on toast.
  • Beans and lentils can be added to: stews, casseroles, curries, mince dishes, soups, stir-fries and salads.