Beans, beans, really ARE the magical fruit! Beans, along with peas, lentils, and some nuts are also called legumes or pulses. These plants are harvested for their seeds, which are high-protein, nutrient-dense foods.
People all over the world eat legumes, especially beans, at least once a day and sometimes with every meal. Legumes are small in size, but they pack quite a nutritional punch! They are a rich source of protein, good supply of carbohydrates and micronutrients, andhigh in dietary fiber. Even better, they are a cost-efficient and easy-to-prepare food – very important in the life of a busy college student.
Keep reading along to find out more about legumes, and learn about some easy, cheap and delicious recipes to include in your meal preparation!
Variety of Legumes
There are thousands of different types of legumes all around the world. These are the main categories that most people are familiar with:
The first step to including legumes (beans) in your diet starts at the grocery store. All of the options can be overwhelming, but once you discover your favorite varieties and know where to find them, cooking will be a breeze.
How to Cook Beans/Legumes
Legumes are cheap, quick protein- and nutrient- rich, college student friendly food. Add them to salads, soups, rice bowls, quesadillas, wraps, and more. Combine them with a cooked grain, a cooked vegetable, and a drizzle of olive oil or a sauce and you've got yourself a quick meal!
Learn more about cooking legumes here.
Got Gas? How to Prevent
Beans cause intestinal gas in most people, which is not a pleasant experience. Here are some tips to cut down on gas!
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