Many people take drinking water for granted, but staying hydrated has a tremendous impact on our overall health. In spite of the health benefits, a large number of people do not consume the recommended amounts of fluids daily.
Around 70% of the body is comprised of water, and how much you need varies. A common recommendation is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses daily, but that amount may vary depending on your health, activity levels, and how hot and dry the climate is. But the fact remains, drinking water (plain, in the form of other fluids, or foods like fruits and vegetables) is essential to your health.
“I was determined to know beans.”— Henry David Thoreau, The Bean Field
How about you? How well do you know beans?
Creamy cannellinis, meaty garbanzos, sweet adzuki, tender pintos, and so many more—beans are one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense plant foods around.
Consider this: Beans are packed with tons of fiber, as well as plenty of iron and protein. They are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. They are low in calories. Plus, studies have found them to lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
What To Do With Beans
Many people avoid beans because they just don’t know what to do with them. Are you one of them? Keep reading:
<Toss beans and diced veggies (such as celery, shallots, red peppers) with vinaigrette for a quick bean salad.
<Blend cooked beans with tomatoes, onions, and your favorite seasonings to create a yummy bean soup.
<Top a green salad with 1/3 cup of your favorite bean.
<Puree beans with a bit of olive oil, a garlic clove, salt, and your favorite seas...