King Kidney Beans

High in minerals and fiber, kidney beans are an excellent source of protein and low in saturated fat. This bean is king for all day energy while offering support to your heart, metabolism, and blood sugar levels.

How to Choose and Keep

When choosing dried kidney beans make sure they are being kept in a dry and cool place. If you're choosing them in a can, try to find in a BPA-free can with limited exposure to chemicals. It is also important to check the sodium content in canned beans and make sure to choose the lower option. Store in a cool dry place. Dried beans will last year. Once you cook them it is best to consume within a couple days.

Preparation
When cooking on the stove make sure to pre-soak dried beans and skim the foam off the top to help with digestibility. Do not add anything salty during the cooking process.

Nutrients
Molybdenum, folate, fiber, copper, manganese, phosphorous, protein, vitamin B1, iron, potassium, magnesium

Action Steps
1. Kidney beans are a great alternative to meat, especially red meat. Make a nice vegetarian chili for a hearty and wholesome meal.
2. Keeping beans and diced tomatoes in your cabinet is always a great option to have when looking for a quick and healthy meal. You can do so much with just beans and tomatoes.
3. Look up some cold bean dip recipes for an alternative party food option.

(Resource: whfoods.com, Picture: Authority nutrition)