Beans are healthy, natural, and can be used in hundreds of ways. As a source of vegetarian protein, they’re also a must-have.
If you’ve recently bought some kitchen storage containers, consider putting a few of them towards storing beans and legumes. Here are some of the best dried beans we keep in our containers and that we think are the easiest to use for beginners.
Lentils are commonly used in soups and stews. Per 1 cup of lentils, there are 230 calories and 18 grams of protein. If you’re not a big soup and stew person, consider using them in pasta and tomato sauces.
Soybeans are an Asian favourite and are incredibly nutritious. Containing 298 calories and 29 grams of protein per cup, soybeans have a high amount of antioxidants and are a part of anti-cancer dieting. Include these in your bean storage containers.
Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, are a major source of fiber and protein. See 14.5 grams of protein per 1 cup of chickpeas. Studies have shown chickpeas can reduce blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity as well as improve blood cholesterol levels.
When packing in your dry food storage containers, don’t forget navy beans. A source of fiber, minerals, and B-vitamins, eating navy beans can help to regulate blood cholesterol, control weight, and lower blood pressure.
Pinto beans are from Mexico and can be eaten whole, mashed, or fries. Like other beans on this list, pintos are high-protein and high-fiber. Supremely easy to cook, they can be eaten as a side dish or used in stews, soups, dips, and burritos as you like.
Black beans are a staple in South America but are used most commonly in North America in burgers and vegetarian protein-based meals. They are effective at reducing the rise in blood sugar during a high-carb meal such as rice or bread which is why they are often paired like this. A cup of black beans contains 15 grams of protein.
Kidney beans are the most common dried beans to keep in storage. A single cup provides 13.4 grams of protein and 215 calories. Both red and white kidney beans have proven to be very healthy. They are widely consumed with rice among other meals.
You can do so much with dried beans. If you haven’t yet experimented with beans in your cooking, try it. Grab dry food storage containers in Canada from Living.ca and pack in some beans. For things like high-protein diets, weight-loss diets, and more, beans are one of the healthiest foods you can have. Try it at Living.ca.