Several months ago I had a poll going here on the blog.  It was basically a way for me to get feedback from you (the reader) on what kid of things you liked about the blog and what you would like to see change.  One of the things that most people requested was more nutritional/dietary based content. 

Admittedly, since that poll, I haven’t written about nutrition as often as I had intended, but am trying to make a concerted effort to change that.

Beans are an often underused food that have a ton of nutritional benefits. For example:

-Beans provide a decent amount of protein

-Beans provide a TON of fiber to your diet.  Something that is woefully lacking in the typical American diet.  A cup of beans will give you somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 grams of fiber. 

-Due to their high fiber content, beans help you feel, and stay feeling full.

-Beans have a low glycemic load, which means they help control your blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, both important things for staying lean.

-Beans help keep your leptin levels high.  Leptin is an important hormone that keeps your metabolism running at a higher rate.

-Beans are CHEAP!

The only drawback to beans is that often people ask, “but how do I make them?”  Because, let’s be honest, beans on their own are kind of boring.  Below is a recipe for taco soup that Kat and I got from my sister-in-law.  I use the word “soup” loosely because it’s more like a chili.  But regardless of what you call it, it’s freaking delicious and super healthy.

This isn't a picture of the actual recipe, but it is taco soup...so close enough.

2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans kidney beans (rinsed)
1 can garbonzo beans (rinsed)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
2 cans chili beans DO NOT rinse
1 can corn (drained)
1 pckg taco seasoning (we use garlic salt, pepper and chili powder instead)
1 lb ground beef (browned)
Basil, oregano, parsley to taste

Throw it all in a Crock Pot.
On low: cook all day
On high: 4-5 hrs

It’s worth mentioning again-unless you’re wanting to absolutely guarantee that your significant other will have no interest in getting frisky, RINSE THE BEANS!

This recipe makes a ton.  We have a smaller Crock Pot and have to half the recipe, so only do the full recipe if you have a large one or plan on cooking two batches. This can be frozen for later use, but if you’re like us, it’ll be your lunch for the next week because it’s so good.

Like I said, beans are crazy cheap.  This recipe can be made for around $15 and easily makes as many servings.  So you’re looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 for a meal packed full of fiber, protein and yummy goodness.  Who says you can’t eat healthy for cheap?

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Be sure to share this deliciousness on Facebook.  Your friends will thank you for it!

 

 

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