5 Ways to #EatMoreBeans

Regularly consuming beans in any form (canned, dried or frozen) is good for your health and your wealth, and canned beans are a great time-saving ingredient. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend enjoying 3 cups of legumes (including beans) per week, which is about ½ cup per day. To make sure you meet your bean needs, here are 5 simple tips to #EatMoreBeans:

  1. Add drained and rinsed canned black beans to salsa. Serve with whole grain tortilla chips for a satisfying snack.
  2. Mash drained and rinsed canned pinto beans with a little extra-virgin olive oil and Italian seasoning. Mash to desired consistency and serve with whole grain pita chips and vegetables crudité.
  3. If you’re eating out and there’s a salad bar option, get it and be sure to choose beans.
  4. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Remember beans count as a vegetable or protein food.
  5. If you’re cooking up scrambled eggs for breakfast (or any meal), toss in your favorite bean for an extra dose of protein and fiber.