One good thing about this diet plan is that I discovered how awesome beans are. Sure I’d eat black beans at a Mexican restaurant, or put chickpeas on my salads, but I never really invested my time or effort in eating beans. I have no idea why now because they are SO filling.
Had I know this before I lost 100 pounds, I think I could have had an easier time losing weight if I ate a lot of beans. They are so high in fiber and they sit so heavy in the stomach it’s impossible to feel hungry after eating them.
Beans are really versatile too. Add black beans to scrambled eggs with some salsa for a Mexican Scramble. Add beans to soups for more fiber and bulk. Eat lima beans or pinto beans as a side dish to dinner. Add them to pasta salads and regular salads…I’ve also seen people roast chickpeas (haven’t tried that yet) and eat them as snacks. Yum! So many things to try!
2 scrambled eggs
1 Trader Joe’s Sweet Pork Sausage Link
Coffee and Cream
Calories: 424 | Carbs: 17g | Protein: 30g | Fiber 0g
6 raw almonds
Lightly salted cashews
Calories: 150 | Carbs: 4g | Protein: 8g | Fiber 1g
13 Bean Soup
Calories: 410 | Carbs: 51g | Protein: 38g | Fiber 15g
Calories: 131 | Carbs: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fiber 5g
Salad with cauliflower, broccoli, red peppers
Chopped 1/2 avocado
The Mexican chicken salad for dinner was delicious. I love it! The refried beans were an interesting and yummy addition. I almost liked that better than black beans I think. Even though it’s “just a salad”, it’s pretty filling.
I was really hungry too because we’d spent hours in the garden beforehand. If anyone ever says gardening isn’t hard work, they’ve never done it. The manual labor is definitely a workout!
Calories: 563 | Carbs: 37g | Protein: 42g | Fiber 16g
I’m glad the weather is nicer and the sun is out longer. We got a ton of stuff done in the garden and I’m happy that it’s starting to take shape.
TOTALS FOR THE DAY:
Calories: 1,921 | Carbs: 156g | Protein: 134g | Fiber 39g
QUESTION: What’s your favorite way to add beans to your diet?