Breakfast Today: Delicious Rustic Muffins

rustic muffinsThese rustic muffins are the perfect food to bring on a long hike or even a camping trip. Throw them in a container and you have a quick breakfast or a pre-hiking snack that will help keep you full for hours.

High in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, not only are these delicious, they are also super healthy. Beans provide both heart healthy fiber and muscle-building protein, plus iron and zinc. Beans are an important source of nutrients in vegetarian or vegan diets. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Delicious Rustic Muffins”

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12 Ways to Cook With Beans

beans3Beans are a versatile, inexpensive pantry staple that can be used in many delicious, plant-based dishes. If you’ve recently stocked your pantry, want to cook with beans, and are now looking for new bean-based recipes to add to your menu, we have you covered!

Beans do it all! They’re nutritional powerhouses, packed with both fiber and protein. Studies show that consuming beans can reduce the risk for heart disease, lower blood pressure, and reduce cholesterol. Plus, they’re good for the planet! One study found that swapping beef for beans would help the United States reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets! Continue reading “12 Ways to Cook With Beans”

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Lunch Today: Green Power Salad

salad-in-a-jarPacking a lunch for school-aged children can be challenging, but I find it almost as challenging to pack a lunch for myself. As an adult, it sometimes seems easier to grab a sandwich, soup or salad from the deli counter in the building, than it is to take some time and brown bag it… or in this case, Mason jar it.

The problem with eating out is that you can’t control the fat, sodium and all the additional preservatives take-out food may have. Take some time in the evening to prepare a healthy salad that is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and you will have a salad that will power you through the rest of the following day. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Green Power Salad”

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Lunch Today: Two-Bean Salad

bean-saladBeans are a staple in my house and they really should be a staple in every house. Canned or dried beans are inexpensive and offer so much nutritional goodness. Beans are an excellent source of protein, but they also contain protective fiber. One cup of chickpeas provides 11 grams of fiber and fiber helps eliminate toxins and slows the release of complex carbohydrates, resulting in balanced blood sugar over several hours.

This recipe could easily be called a three-bean salad or four-bean salad, depending on what you have in your pantry. It combines the heartiness of beans plus the freshness of whatever vegetables and herbs you have on hand to make a salad that is perfect for lunch or dinner! Continue reading “Lunch Today: Two-Bean Salad”

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Lunch Today: White Bean Salad

white-bean-saladThis is a great salad to keep you going all day long. High in protein and full of flavor, thanks to fresh ingredients, this salad will be a great addition to your lunch box. Dried beans give you the best texture because they’re firmer and hold their shape better. If time is an issue, substitute canned beans, but be sure to thoroughly drain and rinse them before using. Be gentle when folding them in.

White beans such as kidney beans, cannellini or navy beans, are full of fiber and antioxidants, and are very low on the glycemic index (GI). The glycemic index is used to rank foods based on how they affect your blood sugar levels. Low GI foods, like white beans, metabolize slowly Continue reading “Lunch Today: White Bean Salad”

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