Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
REGINA_PHALANGE SparkPoints: (17,506)
Fitness Minutes: (5,559)
Posts: 681
4/14/13 11:04 A

I agree with what most others have said - adding them into foods you normally eat is probably the best way. Chili, soups, casseroles (like mexican lasagna) is the easiest way. Or try mixing black beans (and corn) in a jar of your favorite salsa.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,358)
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
Posts: 9,689
4/14/13 10:16 A

When I started following the Spark Solution plan for a couple of weeks, I suddenly started eating white cannelini beans... there are quite a few recipes that put them in everything! One, for example, was to put some in chicken enchiladas. They're a great way to add healthy carbs into many recipes in ways you wouldn't think about!

Heather
Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.

I'm not pregnant, just fat: My blog.

fatnotpregnant.blogspot.com/
JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,716
4/14/13 8:37 A

If you want to eat beans because you think they are a great source of protein think about this.

Kidney Beans 51% carbohydrate, 14% fat, 35% protein

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 0% carbohydrate, 20% fat, 80% protein

So while beans have protein in them they are not a great source. If your goal is to get more protein than hands down chicken breasts are the way to go.

Disclaimer - I hate beans, I can eat them but prefer not to. I don't like the texture and they give me terrible gas even when properly prepared, so I avoid them.

JERF - Just Eat Real Food

I'm a Certified Personal Trainer.

I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!

5'4"
Goal weight 125lbs
37 years old
2 kids

Keeping my blood sugar levels low eating 60-70% fat /15-20% carb / 15-20% protein.
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (8,511)
Fitness Minutes: (5,830)
Posts: 2,579
4/14/13 12:33 A

Your original post states that you dislike beans. May i ask why you feel you need to include them?
I can think of at least 50 other foods that are more nutritionally significant than beans. I would be more concerned about including them daily and bet that you enjoy enough of them to make for a pleasant mealplan for you.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
SIMONEKP Posts: 2,600
4/14/13 12:16 A

Pureeing, mix with rice, use as filling in some dishes. There are tons of ways to incorporate them. I suggest heading over to the recipe section.

Simone

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
Source: unknown

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (153,308)
Fitness Minutes: (34,403)
Posts: 22,492
4/13/13 9:25 P

I love beans and have them often.

I like Red Kidney Beans in "Mexican" themed dishes. My grandson is now living with me and he doesn't like the texture of beans at all, but will eat them if they are pureed up with other stuff, so that is what I do - add them to the sauces and puree them.

Baked Beans are great - I occasionally have them for breakfast or lunch, on toast.

You could make Black Bean soup - if you don't like the texture, or find that chunky/watery soups less filling, make it thick and puree it. I find that soups don't go 'squish' in my tummy, then and I stay fuller for longer.

Kris

Co-Moderator Dealing with Depression
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=953


Team Leader Essential Tremors :-) (Benign and Familial) www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=30225


Co-Leader Crohn's Can't Stop Me
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=17464


I am not a Dr - please check with your qualified Health Professional for a diagnosis and treatment plan
STARFISH1961 SparkPoints: (51,350)
Fitness Minutes: (20,695)
Posts: 2,670
4/13/13 8:16 P

I love most beans, I make a whole 2 lb. bag in pressure cooker w/ lots of spices & , lots of veggies too, about 2 hours till very tender. That's not long compared to 4 or 5 hours traditional method. I then incorporate them in meals all week. This week I made black beans, w/ chili power, cumin, garlic, onion , celery, and some finely ground carrots . so yummy, wed w/enchiladas, Thursday.w/tostadas, Friday w/soup, Sat. black bean veggie burgers.
Do you think I can use these in the brownies, since I have all those spices in them ? I sure want to try those BROWNIES ! ! ! emoticon

Keep tracking emoticon 1961

~~~~~~~WAVE THE POUNDS AWAY~~~~~~~
I BELIEVE I CAN ACHIEVE WHAT I SAY
I'LL MOVE AND EXERCISE THROUGHOUT THE DAY
I'LL BE AWARE OF WHAT I EAT
I'LL TRACK IT RIGHT AND WILL NOT CHEAT
GIVE ME STRENGTH, THIS I PRAY
LORD HELP ME WAVE THE POUNDS AWAY
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (80,269)
Fitness Minutes: (85,382)
Posts: 2,489
4/13/13 6:43 P

I just made these tonight, they're blondies made with chickpeas:

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=2459430

I also make black bean brownies:

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=2459430

You'd never know in a million years they were made with beans. I use splenda brown sugar blend, I know a lot of people aren't keen on splenda but you can use any sort of natural sweetener you want. Honestly, imo they don't need much sweetening at all, the texture is just amazing.

I make a fat free, Greek yogurt, mashed banana, cinnamon "icing" to go on top. Or sometimes Greek yogurt mixed with a twice the fruit jam.

I also use this mix of mango, bell pepper, black bean, red onion and add it to salads or seafood tacos: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=2459163

I made black bean burgers for the first time and had one today, it was delicious with avocado, cheese, honey mustard and tomato: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=2456968

I also added a roasted chili and tamarind spice not incl. in the recipe. It was great!


Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
w-test.html


"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,358
4/13/13 6:37 P

Pinto or black beans are nice... or "romano" - all are mild and soft and "go with anything." Instead of trying to eat straight-up beans, you could start by simply tossing a few into a salad or soup or even into a rice pilaf. Or spaghetti sauce (chunky-shaped pasta with tomato sauce and white kidney beans - aka cannellini beans - is surprisingly good).

They are a good source of complex carbs, protein and fibre.

I agree with the previous poster, that red kidney beans might not be the nicest introduction to beans for the bean-wary, they do have a thicker skin and more beany sort of presence.

Another option is lentils - I'm not so fussy on the canned ones but they cook fairly quickly from dry, especially the tiny "puy" lentils, and blend well into salads, pilafs and soups. Red lentil look so pretty dry/uncooked, but they turn yellow once cooked!! and totally lose their shape - they are good for thickening up a soup and adding fibre, protein and flavour.

Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (8,511)
Fitness Minutes: (5,830)
Posts: 2,579
4/13/13 6:04 P

I don't think any human should eat beans if they have veggies, fruits, and meats available. JMO

I found this article interesting:
http://paleoweightlosscoach.com/2592/pal
eo-diet-beans-and-legumes/

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 4/13/2013 (18:05)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (43,436)
Fitness Minutes: (29,593)
Posts: 2,224
4/13/13 5:42 P

emoticon I would suggest putting them in a casserole so that they'll be mixed with other foods. I like pintos because their skins get soft when cooked. Kidney beans can have a tough outer skin even after cooking, so they are not liked by some people for that reason.

You can get your vitamins/minerals through other foods too. If you're really against beans, look for other foods that have the same kinds of minerals & vitamins.

My sister hates beans and therefore, doesn't eat them at all, so I can understand where you're coming from. Do some research on the web to see what you can come up with. Good luck!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Philippians 4:13
BOOKGIRL510 Posts: 179
4/13/13 4:57 P

I know that Beans are a great sources of protein and are just generally a food I should probably be eating. However, I've never been a big fan (well, except for coffee beans), but I really want to try adding them to my diet. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good type to start with?

Try again, fail again. Fail better.-Samuel Beckett
Page: 1 of (1)  




Other Diet and Nutrition Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
Slim Fast vs Carnation Instant Breakfast 4/16/2014 6:53:10 PM
SP food plan 5/19/2014 7:17:05 PM
What if you don't have the budget 3/17/2014 10:38:11 AM
Fruit makes me hungry 5/3/2014 8:22:50 AM
freezer meals 3/22/2014 11:16:11 AM