Three Beans Salad

Team Fabulous Body

4 min read | Aug 13, 2021

Introduction

 

Recently I had a guest over for dinner who was vegan. Since I am not a vegan, it became challenging to figure out a vegan salad recipe. But the other challenge was to create a healthy salad for weight loss, as the guest was on a strict weight loss diet.

 

So I picked out a few vegan salads to try and was very excited and energized after making this three-bean salad, assembled in 15 minutes or less. So much so that it qualified as our recipe for the week.

 

Watch This Delicious Recipe Below:

 

Ingredients

 

-Pre-cooked mixed beans( red, black-eyed, black)- 70 gm each or about 3/4 cup
-1 small onion(70 g), chopped
-1 small tomato(90 g) chopped
-1 tsp mint leaves
-1/2 a lemon juice
-1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
-1/4 tsp chili flakes

Method

 

-Cut all vegetables in the desired shape

-Add the cut vegetables and beans to a bowl

-Add all the seasonings from the top and mix

Nutritional Info

 

 

We use three types of beans in the recipe to get maximum salad benefit. Do you want to make it just one bean salad or use four different beans? Go ahead! Do it your way. Use any beans that you like. 

 

The zing from lemon juice gives it a nice flavor kick, and fresh mint leaves a very refreshing taste. Beans, a staple of the Mediterranean pantry, are healthy, versatile and rich in antioxidants, fiber, B vitamins, and iron. Plus, they’re an excellent hearty alternative to high-fat proteins.

 

The salad dressing is fresh and vibrant with mint. Mint or Mentha belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which contains around 15 to 20 plant species, including peppermint and spearmint. It is a popular fresh or dried herb in many dishes and infusions.

 

Studies have found that mint works against harmful microbes, regulates muscle relaxation, and helps control inflammation. It contains menthol, an aromatic decongestant that might help break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to expel. 1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5814329/, 2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6594199/

Are Mixed Beans Good For You?

 

Beans are also an excellent replacement for meat as a source of vegetarian protein, which is why non-vegetarians don’t consume them much. However, here are the reasons why they are suitable for everyone.

 

Beans are considered legumes and seeds from flowering plants in the Fabaceae family. There are many types of beans, like lima beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, soybeans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans, pinto beans and red beans.

 

Related Article: Bean: The Complete Guide | Protein Content in Bean

 

Mixing the beans is a good idea as navy beans have more calcium, cranberry beans score high in folate, and garbanzos and limas are exceptionally high in iron. In addition, Navy beans are packed with starch, adzukis are high in potassium, and red and black varieties are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

 

Fiber

 

Beans are a great source of fiber. Fiber helps keep you regular, protects against heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, and helps to foster healthy bacteria in the gut.

 

Related Article: What Is Fiber? Health Benefits, Food Sources And Daily Requirements

 

The fiber in beans helps to soothe blood sugar spikes and keep us full for a  longer time, which may help with weight loss and prevent insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. 3https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23885994/, 4https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3901975/

 

Protein

 

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in maintaining and repairing our bodies. So it is because they are high in amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Beans are a great way to get low-fat, low-calorie protein high in dietary fiber. 

 

A cup has around 15 grams, two to three times more than rice or wheat. High-protein diets may prove as a successful strategy to prevent or treat obesity and better body weight management. 5https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25926512/

 

Folate

 

Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that our body needs to produce new red blood cells. Folate even aids in making DNA and RNA transcritical for muscle repair and healthy cells, preventing damage from free radicals. 6https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-Consumer/

 

Heart Health

 

People who consume beans regularly may be less likely to die of a heart attack or other cardiovascular problems. 7https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11718588/ According to the Department of Health and Human Services, beans are high in soluble fiber; 5 to 10 grams of it per day can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by up to 5 percent. Cooked beans contain 0.6 to 2.4 grams of soluble fiber per half-cup. 8https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/food-nutrition/all-about-beans-nutrition-health-benefits-preparation-and-use-in-menus

 

Weight Loss

 

Beans may help with weight loss. Various studies indicated that including one portion of beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils daily could contribute to decent weight loss. A  new study suggests eating about 3/4 cup (130 grams) each day of pulses led to a weight loss of 0.34 kilograms (about half a pound). 9https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160330135255.htm\, 10https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3901975/, 11https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7294352/

 

Researchers think that weight loss may be because beans increase the sense of fullness and modulate blood sugar levels. Three bean salad is not only a vegan salad recipe but also a vegan high-protein snack. So what is vegan?

 

What is Vegan?

 

It might be the most routine question about veganism. A vegan diet contains only plants such as vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes.

 

They eat bread, rice, pasta, dairy alternatives such as soymilk, coconut milk, almond milk, and all kinds of vegetable oils. Vegans don’t eat any foods made from animals, such as meats, fish, eggs etc. It also includes cheese, butter, milk, cream, ice cream, other dairy products, mayonnaise and honey.

 

Veganism may sound like a new concept, but we have evidence that people who choose to avoid animal products can be traced back over 2,000 years.

 

Related Article: Is A Vegan Diet Healthy? | Vegan Diet Pros And Cons

 

Now that we have explored the health benefits of the recipe for the week, we can make healthier food choices for ourselves. Salads are one of the best ways in many cuisines to combine the goodness of different ingredients in one plate. 

 

Do let us know if you liked this recipe!

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