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How to Cook with Black Beans

Black beans might be a pantry staple in your kitchen, but how often do you use them creatively? Aren’t they usually just a meager side dish or recipe afterthought? Well leave that mentality behind as we’re about to unveil not only the amazing health benefits of this powerhouse legume, but also share five healthy recipes you can try to branch out and start using black beans more adventurously. 

Health benefits: Black beans are an incredibly complex little legume that provide tons of protein, fiber and other nutrients while still remaining low in fat and considerably low in calories. They’re also high in iron, calcium, vitamin B and folic acid, and the minerals magnesium, phosphorous and manganese.

Because of their high fiber content – nearly 15 grams in one cup – they’re great for promoting healthy digestion and preventing constipation. Beyond their vitamin and mineral perks, black beans have also been found to lower blood cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. And because they contain phytochemicals – one of the powerful elements in antioxidants – black beans have also been found to fight chronic diseases and even cancer.
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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers Make a Tasty Vegetarian Summer Meal


Every now and again, a non-meater just craves a hamburger. I know this because I am one. I very rarely eat meat and the thought of a meat patty can sometimes just gross me out. But that’s where veggie burgers come in – quality, homemade veggie burgers.
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Beans are More than Just Good for Your Heart

We’ve heard the jingle, but few of us know what makes beans such a healthy food. Beans are packed with fiber and protein to help keep you strong and prevent disease. While a lot of people eat their legumes in the form of calorie-laden Mexican refried beans or barbecue baked beans, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the nutritional powerhouse.

Black Beans: Like most beans, black beans are a good source of fiber, which lower cholesterol. When combined with whole grains, like brown rice or whole-wheat pasta, black beans are filling and delicious. They’ve also been said to be as rich in antioxidants as grapes and cranberries, two foods that have been touted as “super fruits.” Try them in a fish with black bean salad with a figure-friendly white fish like tilapia.
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