Beans are inexpensive, healthy and convenient


Tammy Roberts, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Bates County, University of Missouri Extension

Beans are one of the best values around when it comes to the amount of nutrients for your dollar. One cup of cooked pinto beans provides 14 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein, less than one gram of fat and around 230 calories! You get all of that at a cost of only 17 cents!

Many people don’t want to cook beans because it takes too long, but beans can be easily prepared in the microwave or slow cooker…

This time of year, many people put beans in their chili. That is one great way to use beans but there are many other options. Add beans to your favorite soup or casserole, toss thawed beans on a fresh salad, or mash your beans, add spices and make a healthy bean dip.

For more information about preparing beans in a slow cooker or microwave and storing cooked beans, read the full version of this article at

For a variety of bean recipes, including Black Bean Hummus, search the Healthy Habits recipes index at


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