Beans and other legumes are one of the best foods you can add to your family’s diet.
They are a good source of plant-based protein, potassium and iron, plus they’re an excellent source of fiber. Sounds impressive, right? But what exactly does that mean for your family’s health?
Because beans are a good source of both protein and fiber, they can help everyone in your family feel full longer, which means your kiddos will be less likely to ask for a snack before the table’s even cleared. (Yeah, it happens…)
While carbohydrates sometimes get a bad rap, the carbohydrate in beans is a complex carbohydrate, which means it takes longer to break down. In other words, beans provide longer-lasting energy that helps to that dreaded reduce post-meal “crash.”
A Happy Gut
Beans and other legumes are a source of prebiotic fiber. This is the preferred food for our gut bacteria, which means that eating beans regularly can help contribute to a healthy gut. Yay!
A Healthy Heart
Research has also shown that eating legumes, such as beans, can help lower blood cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and help with body weight.
Eating More Beans
The first step to eating more beans is learning how to make them in the simplest way possible. Sure, you can always crack open a can, which is something I often do, but making your own pot of beans is easy, economical and incredibly flavorful.
Growing up, my mom would make a pot of black beans once a week. And between the soaking and the long cook time, it was a bit of an ordeal. More than this mama can handle.
Luckily, pressure cookers and the Instant Pot – the latest cooking gadget to take the nation by storm – make it easy to make a pot of beans in about half an hour.
Follow-my recipe below for a fool-proof to way to make perfect black beans in your Instant Pot. And once you make that perfect pot of black beans, here are a few family-friendly ways to use them.
For other recipes that don’t require the use of an oven – yay for summer cooking!! — be sure to check out what other healthy bloggers have come up with as part of this month’s Recipe Redux theme.
Now, it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to use black beans? Or use the Instant Pot? Let me know on social or in the comments below!