Updated: Jun 23, 2022
I am teaching some classes helping people learn how to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets and this week we talked about beans, I thought I’d share it with you.
What Day is National Bean Day?
How many pounds of beans a year does the average American eat?
Where is the Lima bean native too?
How many people in the US are listed as having Bean as a last name (as of 201)
True or False, There are over 18,000 different species in the legume family?
How many petals do most legume flowers have?
True or false – legumes deplete the soil while growing.
What distinguishes a legume as a legume?
Are peanuts legumes or nuts?
What resolution involving beans was passed in 1907?
True or False. Ancient Romans thought so highly of legumes that the four leading families took their names from them.
Why eat beans? They are full of protein and fiber as well as high in antioxidants, B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and copper. A few benefits:
Steadies blood sugar
Helps you feel more full and satisfied
Help lower cholesterol
Good for your heart
Burns more calories than the same amount of carbs
Acts as a natural anti-depressant and helps improve behavior and mood
Is necessary for proper growth and development
Time: 30 minutes
Ease: Simple, but uses new concepts
Review: I was so surprised by these brownies and my sweet tooth, sugar loving husband was even more surprised. He was very skeptical until I popped one in his mouth; his blue eyes widened and he let out a huge MMMMmMMMMM! Success!
These are very easy to make, but for some may feel uncomfortable the first time. They are gluten-free and vegan and use flax in place of an egg and makes good use of your food processor. Just relax and enjoy trying something new. They will be a hit!
Here are some other great bean resources:
Senate Bean Soup:
colonial Peanut soup:
Lentil quinoa pancakes
Kitchari – great for when you’re not feeling well or stomach is healing. Also just yummy.
Pressure cooker beans
6 cups water to 2 cups beans. Cook on high and let the steam out naturally – slow vent.
More Lentil Recipes:
How to use beans:
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