Beans beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you…
But I’m gonna tell you the secret of what our ancestors did for 1000’s of years to reap these little guys’ huge benefits that we forgot. You’ll learn how you can eat all the beans you want in a way that unlocks their full nutrient power, digestability (aka no cutting the cheese!) and makes them taste WAY better!
Beans are LOADED with fiber (keeps you full longer, “pushes everything out”), protein, minerals, and phytonutrients. Unfortunately beans, + all nuts, seeds and grains are coated with enzyme inhibitors, phytic acid, and anti-nutrients
——> these pesky things make it so your body can’t absorb key minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc- all crucial for a healthy bod! They also make beans (+seeds nuts and grains) hard to digest in general leading to bloating, gas, and aggravate digestive issues. Don’t get me wrong, BPA-free canned beans are nice to have on hand when your in a bind, but soaking them is SO much better for you, not to mention WAY tastier and cheaper. Soaking beans neutralizes all of these problems
Ancient cultures always took great care to properly soak and even sprout their beans to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption.
THE BEST PART: it couldn’t be any easier…
- RINSE your beans, they came from the ground, they’re dirty little things
- SOAK for at least 24 hours. Add a tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice to help break down the acids
- BOIL in 4x more water than beans and simmer until soft- usually 1.5 hrs
- STRAIN and voila! You have a ton of delish super nutritious beans ready to add in soups, salads, veggie burgers etc.
** to REALLY maximize bean’s nutrient potential you can sprout them. It’s very simple! After step 1 rinse them every few hours for a day or two until you start to see little tails sprout, it’s actually so cool!
***TIP: make a ton at once and freeze the leftovers so you can always have these super beans on hand
Here’s my beans I soaked for a day and then periodically rinsed in a strainer for another. Then I boiled/simmered them for 1.5 hrs, the bestpart about these are you dont have to babysit them, just check on them once in a while. It’s not easy eating healthy in Italy when you’re in the pizza/croissant/gelato/pastry capital of the world! Plus it’s so pricy… When I’m on the go go adventuring and studying 24/7 I need cheap, fast, easy, filling and healthy. Chickpeas are my FAV and make it so so easy. The finish product is DELISH and I have a month’s worth of chickpeas for only 2 euros!
SPEAKING OF CHICKPEAS, DID YOU KNOW???
in 1 cup of cooked chickpeas there’s…
- 14.5 g protein
- 12.5 g fiber
- 22% DV of zinc
You can find bags of beans at your local farmers markets or health store bulk bins and start soaking them right away.
Then you won’t miss out on these delish recipes perfect for summer, starring my fav bean- chickpeas!
Mashed Chickpea Salad– vegan friendly!
Roasted Chickpeas <— can add ANY seasoning, sweet or savory. Tastes like chips but better! Fav snack of mine
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Bites <—- these are incredible!! you have to just trust me and try them, or go on Pinterest and look for some other variation. You’d never guess…
BONUS: these will be a healthy hit at any BBQ!!