COOL BEANS

Red kidney beans are one of the tastiest bites in the legume family and their health benefits are unparalleled, too.

Like most beans, the protein content rivals that of most meats – 184 grams per cup – and they rate low on the glycemic index, which is good news for diabetics. If you are watching your weight, add kidney beans to your diet; they are formidable source of soluble fiber which makes you feel fuller, preventing you from overeating. Kidney beans also act as an immune-system boosting antioxidant, which can come in handy during cold and flu season.

But don't wait until the first sniffle to take advantages of the many red bean benefits. Here are some bean-based recipes that will keep you happy and healthy all year long. 

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice via Delish Knowledge

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice via Delish Knowledge

Red Beans Vegan Chili from Simple Vegan Blog

Red Beans Vegan Chili from Simple Vegan Blog

Red Kidney Bean Burrito via What's Cooking Mom

Red Kidney Bean Burrito via What's Cooking Mom

Rajma (Red Beans in Curry Sauce) via Holy Cow Vegan

Rajma (Red Beans in Curry Sauce) via Holy Cow Vegan

Tomato, Kidney Bean and Parsley Salad with Walnuts via Avocado Pesto.

Tomato, Kidney Bean and Parsley Salad with Walnuts via Avocado Pesto.

Top image via Simple Vegan Blog