beans

Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit

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!


Just be kind to your partner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

BREAKFAST:

2 scrambled eggs

1 Trader Joe’s Sweet Pork Sausage Link

Sour Cream

Coffee and Cream


I wasn’t a huge fan of the sausage link. I liked it better when we used it to make the sausage and peppers pizza.

Calories:ย ย  424 ย  ย  |ย ย ย  Carbs: 17g ย ย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Protein: 30gย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Fiber 0g

SNACK:

Babybel Cheese

6 raw almonds

Lightly salted cashews


I liked the combination of the cheese and nuts together. I was also surprised that I wasn’t hungrier at my snack time because I rode my bike to work Tuesday morning. Weird!

Calories:ย ย  150 ย  ย  |ย ย ย  Carbs: 4g ย ย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Protein: 8gย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Fiber 1g

 

LUNCH:

13 Bean Soup


The soup was even more delicious a few days later. It was like the flavors got stronger and smokier. I didn’t bring anything to go with the soup because I knew it would sit heavy. I was stuffed!

Calories:ย ย  410 ย  ย  |ย ย ย  Carbs: 51g ย ย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Protein: 38gย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Fiber 15g

SNACK:

Hummus

Raw Cauliflower


I didn’t want to bring celery or cucumber. I decided to try some cauliflower (one of my favorite veggies). I ate my snack right before I had to get ready to bike home.

Calories:ย ย  131 ย  ย  |ย ย ย  Carbs: 15g ย ย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Protein: 6gย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Fiber 5g

DINNER:

Salad with cauliflower, broccoli, red peppers

Grilled chicken

Refried Beans

Cheese

Sour Cream

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:ย ย  563 ย  ย  |ย ย ย  Carbs: 37g ย ย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Protein: 42gย ย  |ย ย ย ย  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:ย ย ย  1,921ย  ย  |ย ย ย  Carbs: 156g ย ย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Protein: 134gย ย  |ย ย ย ย  Fiber 39g

 

QUESTION: What’s your favorite way to add beans to your diet?