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Friday, February 4, 2011

Nuts and Beans Tips

Eat more beans and peas.
  • Eat peas or beans instead of meat (or with a little meat for flavoring).
  • Soak beans overnight to shorten the cooking time.
  • Use onions and garlic for seasoning, or season with small pieces of lean meat like ham, turkey, or beef.
  • Make a quick, healthy meal with canned beans. Get the low-salt (low sodium) kind, or drain and rinse canned beans.
Choose nuts and nut butters more often.
  • Nuts (pecans, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews) and nut butters are good sources of healthy fats.
  • Remember that nuts are high in calories—a handful of nuts (1/4 cup) or two tablespoons of nut butter count as one serving.
  • Choose unsalted or lightly salted nuts. Avoid nuts with added sugar, like honey roasted or chocolate-covered peanuts.
  • A peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread makes a tasty lunch!

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