We are back in the Clean & Colorful Kitchen today with a tip that’s not only easy, but the health benefits of doing it are so vast that you’re going to wonder why you never did it before.
My goal in life is to help you live a Clean & Colorful Lifestyle to help you feel better, look better, naturally have more energy, reduce disease and probably even lose some weight. And to make that a reality, I’m coming at you every Friday from my Clean & Colorful kitchen (well, most of the time from the kitchen) with some real life tips, tricks, and strategies to help you master the 4 Universal Diet Truths:
- Eat more whole food.
- Eat all 5 colors.
- Drink a juice/smoothie.
- Exercise at least 21+ minutes per day.
Every Friday I’ll touch on one of those topics that will help you feel better and look better. Last video post I gave you unprocessed peanut butter & jelly cookies.
Today, we’re talking about Universal Diet Truth #1, and of my favorite healthy tips, soaking beans!
Why beans are the magical fruit
Beans are super good for you for so many reasons:
- They’re high in fiber
- They are an awesome source of plant based protein
- They’re packed full of vitamins and minerals
- They’re filling
I really think that beans should be a staple in our diet. Plus they taste good! They are a part of so many of our favorite dishes such as chili and nachos, so beans should definitely be in your pantry.
We normally buy our beans in a can, rinse them and go about eating them. It’s super easy, and that’s not terrible! Canned beans are still an awesome source of plant based protein, but they’re still processed. And my goal with the Clean & Colorful Solution is to un-process your diet.
Just a few reasons why you should consider boiling your own beans
Boiling your own beans is so simple that I don’t even need to do a video on it! But there are so many reasons why you should, so it’s great to talk about this with you. Here’s a few reasons why you should consider boiling your own beans.
1. It’s cheap!
- The bag I bought was more expensive than I thought it would be. With that said, it was only $1.99.
- Each bag of dry beans is equivalent to about four and a half cans of beans.
- Basically there’s a huge cost savings to buying dry beans, boiling them and saving them for later.
2. It’s better for the environment!
- A smaller bean means less packaging. Less packaging is less waste and less junk to fill up our landfills.
3. There are health benefits to boiling beans!
- Soaking, rinsing and boiling beans gets rid of those anti nutrients that can cause an upset stomach after eating beans.
- They are lower in sodium. A can of beans has about 140 mg of sodium whereas a bag of beans has about 20 mg of sodium. This is about 7 times less sodium if you boil your own beans.
- The only ingredients in soaking beans are, well, beans. Some canned beans contain other ingredients that aren’t so good for your health.
4. They taste better!
- This one you’re just going to take a leap of faith and trust me. Once you give it a try, let me know if you agree!
Boiling your own beans is as easy as 1-2-3
- First, you need to rise your beans. I mean they come from the ground so they aren’t the cleanest things ever. Rinse your beans in a colander. You can also pick through the beans to pull out any of the ugly ones.
- Once the beans are all squeaky clean, you can put them in a large pot and fill it until the beans are covered plus two inches because they will double in size. If you notice any floaters while you’re doing this just remove them. Then let the beans sit for 6-8 hours or overnight.
- After soaking the beans they’re ready to be drained. Next, you can put them back in the pot with the same amount of water and cook them over medium heat until they boil. Check for doneness after an hour of boiling. However, depending on the type of bean, age, and size this could vary from 1-3 hours. Just keep checking back every so often to make sure your beans don’t get over boiled.
Just a quick note, these beans will spoil somewhat quickly, so I store them in freezer baggies or containers in about two cup servings and pull them out as I need them.
These very beans will be cooked next Monday in a batch of enchiladas for the Clean & Colorful Kitchen which is my meal prep company in San Diego. Cool, right? And next Friday, I’ll be back with a different batch of beans to show you how to make my super delicious Clean & Colorful sweet potato chili.
If you want more tips like this…
Then keep an eye on my Teresa Marie Wellness Facebook page because I’ll be coming at you every Friday! I’ll be back next Friday with more Clean & Colorful tips. And don’t forget to sign-up for my free Clean & Colorful Jumpstart guide and get all the basic info you need to get started living this Clean & Colorful life today.
And If you want more recipes like this…
Sign up for the VIP wait list for the Clean & Colorful 28-Day Challenge! We start in a few weeks and the feature is the Clean & Colorful Family! Plus, you’ll get instant access to the 150 recipes, meal plans, shopping guide, workout plan and meal prep tips.