Food Focus: Beans

Beans

I always recommend to my clients to “shop the perimeter of the supermarket.” But beans and legumes in general are among the exceptions to this rule. Beans provide many health benefits, and an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Beans, or legumes, including peas and lentils, are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Beans are found in most cultures as a staple traditional food, which has grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance. They offer a highly absorbable, highly and assimilable source of calcium for the body. Also, they’re a very cheap source of high nutrition accessible to all, offering a delicious and satisfying richness to your meals.

Lack of sexual energy is often due to exhausted adrenal glands and kidneys. Beans are known for strengthening these organs (ever noticed the shape of a bean?) and can help replenish your vital energy as well as sexual energy.

Beans have developed a reputation for being difficult to digest, but this is often because they have been undercooked or improperly prepared. To help reduce gas and digestive discomfort, soak beans overnight prior to cooking, and increase cooking time until beans become soft, adding bay leaf and kombu (a sea vegetable) when cooking aids in digestion as well as seasoning with spices like bay leaf, oregano or cumin. Another one of my favorite tricks for digesting beans better is to have a little miso with your meal (either on the side or added to the recipe) as miso contains an abundance of the enzymes required for properly digesting beans.

Whether you’re trying to add more plant based proteins to your meals or simply want to add a great powerhouse of nutrition to your diet, beans are a super star ingredient to stock up your pantry with!  Enjoy xx

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