Healthy Tip: Eating Those Wonderful Whites


White Beans

Two years ago, I took my first trip to France. Landing in Paris on the morning of my birthday and driving to a Chateau in the Loire valley was the best birthday present I could think of! The hosts at the Chateau planned a special birthday dinner. I had no idea what to expect, but what I got was an unforgettable meal of roast duck, fresh vegetables and the creamiest, most delicious white beans I have ever tasted.Now, of all the beans there are in this world, white beans are my all-time favorites. I love them in soup with carrots, celery, onion, and thyme. I love them in hummus, I love them in salads, and I really, really love them in a winter-warming bowl of my own special version of Cassoulet.White beans come in several varieties — the most recognized are Navy beans, Cannellini beans, Great Northern beans, and Haricot beans. They range in color from very white to pale green and can be found in many popular dishes from around the world. They’re packed with plant protein and soluble fiber (the kind that helps keep cholesterol healthy). They contain iron, magnesium and folate. They are naturally low in sodium, low in fat and high in versatility. When paired with whole grains, they provide quality plant protein and all-around good nutrition, whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat eater.You can purchase white beans dried or canned. If you go with canned beans, be sure to look for low sodium varieties with no added chemicals, sugars or preservatives. Canned beans are great to keep on hand for quick meals and snacks, but if you have some time, cooking a batch of your own white beans can be very rewarding. Here’s a simple  recipe for “Learn To Cook: White Beans.” opens in a new tabWant to enjoy some delicious white beans? Start here:

Baked Beans

You know, now that I think about it, our age-old American love affair with baked beans wouldn’t be what it is without the addition of white beans! Try this Classic Baked Beans opens in a new tab for delicious proof.Got a favorite way to enjoy white beans? Let me know!

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