This wonderful bean is a great choice, not only their great flavor and nutritional benefits, but for kicking your weight loss into high gear!
Navy beans are very low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and calories. You can enjoy an entire cup at only 255 calories!
Navy beans may be small in size, but they are giants when it comes to the vitamins and minerals they contain! Wow – talk about fiber and protein! These babies are loaded…Not only will the fiber content help you feel full faster and longer, but it can also lower cholesterol, increase bulk and prevent constipation. There is enough protein in a cup of navy beans that you can replace red meat, so you won’t be eating the fat or calories from the meat while getting tons of other nutrients.
These pretty little creamy white beans also contain vitamin C, thiamin, folate, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, and more! Their mild flavor can enhance any meal or can be enjoyed as a filling snack or appetizer.
You can purchase navy beans year round in your grocery store, either dried or canned. The canned navy beans may contain more salt, so if you are watching your sodium intake, it is best to buy the dried beans. If you keep the beans in a dry airtight container, they will stay fresh for about a year.
Navy beans are great for flavor, color and variety. I love tossing some on top of my salad and also into my low fat vegetable soup. They add amazing texture and bulk to the soup.
Try making a dip or spread by easily blending some cooked navy beans with low fat plain yogurt. Add some spices or a small hot pepper for some extra zesty flavor. A vegetable stir fry is easy to prepare and adding some navy beans will give your meal variety and flavor.
Make a tasty vegetable drink with some carrots, tomato, celery, and onion. Add some navy beans for an extra boost of protein. I like my food and drink a little spicy so I throw in a small pepper for some extra kick!
Navy beans are an excellent choice as a side dish to any of our other power foods, such as chicken, turkey or fish. Try making some low fat chili with extra lean ground turkey, and navy beans.
I’ve just touched on a few suggestions you may find interesting, but I’m sure you will come up with many of your own exciting ways to enjoy eating navy beans.
Don’t forget about the wonderful navy bean soup; just be sure to use lean ham for less fat and calories. You will see and feel your clothes getting looser and looser as you quickly move toward your weight loss goal. Enjoy and Have Fun!
The Power Blast!
Calories: one cup cooked 255 calories
Protein: 15 g
Fiber: 19 g
Sugars: 1 g
Vitamin C: 1.6 mg
Calcium: 126 mg
Potassium: 708 mg
Saturated Fat: 0