Hello world! I hope everyone is doing well today!
Yesterday I gave you the challenge to eat at least one cup of beans and/or whole grains. I hope you all met this challenge because, if you did, I'm about to tell you all the ways you helped your body out today!! :) Here we go....
So, did you know that beans and whole grains both struggle with the fact that neither one of them is a complete protein source? (Not saying there is a bean sitting in a therapist's office somewhere trying to cope with it's lacking abilities, just saying it needs a little help from it's buddy - whole grain). So, from this point forward, just think of Mr. Bean (the food, not the actor) and Mr. Whole Grain as best friends. :)
Yes, it's okay to eat beans and whole grains separate, but you won't be doing your body nearly as much good unless you eat them together. They are like soul mates...one completes the other. <3
Beans and whole grains provide a multitude of other benefits as well, to include:
- Fiber - great for the digestive tract; leaves you feeling less hungry after eating smaller meals; balances blood sugar levels
- Iron - used to create red blood cells
- Complex Carbs - (these are the good kind of carbs that should be eaten in moderation...I'll be going into these in a later blog)
- Several other vitamins (i.e. niacin, B vitamins, riboflavin, etc.)
- Low in fat
- Linked to preventing (or lowering the risk of) diabetes (type 2), cancer, and heart disease
I'm just full of links tonight! :) I hope you enjoyed this brief lesson on the benefits of eating beans and whole grains! I love learning and sharing something new every day about food and fitness and I hope all of you are enjoying this blog as much as I am!!
Tomorrow's challenge is more about what we drink rather than what we eat:
It's time for the final challenge of "eating our way through the rainbow:" You're in the clear! Clear stage of color that is....Drink Water!!! (drink at least 64 oz....in other words 8 (8 oz) bottles :)
This is one of THE most important challenges yet!!! Come back tomorrow and find out all of the obvious and not-so-obvious benefits of drinking enough water! :)
*Disclaimer: All of the information provided here is the opinion of the author after thorough research of medical surveys, medical reports, and medical/government web site information. It has not been reviewed by a medical professional and results cannot be guaranteed by the author. Consult with your doctor before planning any diet or fitness changes.