Beans sit high atop the list of most fiber rich foods, have an anti-inflammatory effect on the bowel wall, and are powerful hunger satisfiers. That said, you would think that weight conscious people would be eating beans freely, but that isn't the case. While most people have a general idea that beans are good for them, many find the high caloric content found on packaging labels off-putting. Determining caloric content is an abstract science - ineffective in real life diet planning. Consider this Scientific American article that explains one approach for calculating the amount of calories contained in food. This is just one of many reasons why counting calories is a bad idea. The number of calories per serving you find cited on the side of bean packaging is not based on how the beans will be processed by your body. This figure is based on calculations made in a lab, outside of the human body. So basically, that information is completely useless to you. Beans are rich in resistant starch. Resistant starch does not break down to glucose. Resistant starch is not absorbed, but broken down in the large intestine. Don't allow the number on the bag to scare you. Beans are great for you.
|Easy Peasy - 15 Bean Soup Mix |
I loosely interpreted this Crockpot 15 Bean Soup Recipe for a quick lunch, combining veggie broth, Mrs. Dash, diced onions, minced garlic, and balsamic vinegar to the rinsed and sorted beans in my antiquated slow cooker before going to bed. It was ready to go be packed by the time I headed out for work in the morning.
Total prep time was under 10 minutes. The cost per serving, less than a dollar. Easy peasy.
Labels: Crockpot, Vegetarian