Grains, Beans and Things

Todays blog is in conjunction with my latest section in the culinary arts portal. An often overlooked and underutilized part of our available diet. Here is a good LIST to freshen your memory. Read on below for the healthy, economical and environment reasons to eat more of this good stuff.

Conscious eating is the intention to align your food choices with your values. It isn’t a diet, but rather a guideline that helps you take a more holistic view of what you are spending your hard-earned grocery or takeout dollars on. 

There are three questions to ask yourself when you buy or order food to help you eat more consciously:

  1. Is it good for me? Is it part of a balanced diet, protien density, etc?
  2. Is it good for others? Is there an impact on my food choices?
  3. Is it good for the planet? Is it organic?
  4. Reduction of food and non edible packaging.
  5. Economical benefit, lower food costs
  6. Versatility, variety is the spice of life!

SOME OF THE AMAZING BENEFITS

  • LOWERS CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
  • REGULATES GLUCOSE LEVELS IN THE BLOOD
  • STABILIZES DIGESTION
  • CONTAINS HIGH AMOUNTS OF PROTEIN
  • FIGHTS AND TREATS ALLERGIES
  • WEIGHT LOSS/LOW FAT

Policies that encourage a diet that includes legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils, and peas, would benefit human and environmental health, according to an article published in Nutrients. These foods are affordable and nutritious and have seen increased consumer interest during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors note that some consumers are hesitant to follow bean-centric eating patterns due to lack of cooking knowledge or experience. Education about legumes’ culinary versatility, sustainability, and healthfulness can help increase consumer demand. Legumes can affordably produce a wide variety of dishes and meals, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide fiber, plant-based protein, and micronutrients associated with weight management and reduced disease risk. Policymakers should focus public nutrition education to motivate consumers to take advantage of the benefits of bean-centric diets.

CONCLUSION

Without getting long winded about the benefits of eating from this food group, lets wrap this up! I would also normally include pasta and all its manifestations in this category, adding another layer of versatility. The following is a vegetarian recipe that includes grains, beans and things, created with CBK recipe software. Cheers, and happy cooking!