Nutrition: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, frolic acid, protein
Benefits:High in fiber, cleanse the digestive tract, increase beneficial bacteria, anti-aging, remove excess cholesterol.
While researching anti-aging foods, I was amazed to learn that beans are so very healthy.I knew that beans were a good source of protein. Beans do not have any bad fat in them. What I learned is that beans are extremely high in antioxidants. In fact, a half a cup of dried red, kidney or pinto beans contain some of the highest amounts of antioxidants in any food. Antioxidants are an important nutrient for anti-aging and longevity. Antioxidants fight off the damage caused by free radicals. This helps protect your organs and tissues from long-term problems caused by metabolism and unhealthy food The best part about beans is that they fill you up with few calories. Try to have at between 3 and 5 bean-based meals each week. There are hundreds of healthy ways to prepare beans, like this recipe:
Organic Black Bean Recipe
Cook Time: 2-3 hours
2 cups dried organic black beans
4 cups water
7 medium organic clover garlic, finely minced
½ tsp cumin
½ cup organic cilantro
½ tsp salt
2 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
1 cup tomato sauce or salsa (optional)
1.Rinse organic black beans soak overnight and drained.
2.Combine organic black beans , water, cumin in a large saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until beans are tender. Drain well.
3.In a large bowl, mash the beans and garlic together. Stir in the cilantro and salt. Form the mixture into eight shapes . Transfer to a plate and refrigirate for 1 hour.
4.In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shapes and cook, turning over once, to 10 minutes.Serve with tomato sauce or salsa on the side.