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Tajé’s Tips – Health Benefit of Beans

Seeing as tomato has become gold in the country (although we’re getting a lot of rain recently so there seems to be hope on the horizon) it’s clear that we need to go back to eating other types of foods more regularly.

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Beans are a super healthy, super versatile and super affordable food. It is high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. There are different types of beans from green/red beans, lentils to black eyed beans.

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Beans is rich in folic acid, vitamins & minerals which help to Lower cholesterol and lower the risk of heart diseases. It’s packed with protein & calcium and can be added to just about everything, from stews to soups to salads.

Generally in Nigeria we use black eyed beans.

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I particularly like to make my beans with no oil but packed with veggies and yummy goodness but sometimes I make it with red oil because believe it or not red oil has its health benefits if used in moderation. Beans also have a ton of fiber and are great for digestion so eating them everyday is actually okay.

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Although, they might make some of you fart, but the benefits far out weigh the farting spells.

Here’s five things you can make with beans or eat with beans

  • Cooked plain beans added to salads/rice
  • Beans porridge you can add ripe plantain or yam
  • Moi moi served as breakfast or a meal side
  • Akara/ Akara pancakes great for breakfast
  • Beans soup great for this chilly weather we’re experiencing at the moment.

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So go ahead and add more beans to your diet.
Ps let me know if you would like my no oil beans recipe?

I promise you’ll love it.
Tajé

 

 

 

 

 

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