National Eat Your Beans Day is a “live healthy” holiday observed every year on July 3. This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Beans (legumes) date back to the early seventh millennium BCE, making them one of the longest-cultivated plants.
As they were seven millennia ago, today, beans are a significant source of protein. If you’re looking for complex carbohydrates, folate, fiber, and iron, eat some beans. They are excellent sources for each of those. A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber, low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron.
- There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
- Only a fraction of these varieties is mass-produced for regular consumption.
That’s a lot of beans! How do we know which ones to choose? Snacking on chickpeas provide us with one of the best choices. Also known as garbanzo beans, these legumes pack a whopping 12.5 grams of fiber, 71 % of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of folate, 84 % RDI of Manganese and 26 % RDI of Iron per serving in 1 cup. Add chickpeas to stews like you would any bean. However, they also roast nicely with your favorite herbs and spices for a delicious and healthy snack.
Another tremendous snacking bean is the soybean. For more tips on bean varieties, visitwww.medicalnewstoday.com.
With so many choices, celebrating with beans should be a delicious success!
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY
Head over to our National Day Recipes page for many recipes to choose from or enjoy a fava bean dip with goat cheese and garlic dip or black bean chili recipe. Use #NationalEatYourBeansDay to share on social media.