The 7 Best Bean Salad Recipes you Need to try

The 7 Best Bean Salad Recipes you Need to try

Beans, beans, good for your heart...

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Bean salads are one of my favorite things to make, especially in the summer! They are simple, light, and refreshing; they are delicious and nutritious; they are easy to make and travel with! You can bring them to parties and cookouts or just keep them in the fridge for a quick plant-based protein packed snack! Here are a few of my favorite recipes!


1. Four Bean Salad

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas

1 can black beans

1 can kidney beans

1 can green beans

2 tbsp. olive oil

3 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Dash of sea salt


Directions:

Rinse beans and mix in bowl with olive oil and vinegar! I usually throw in some tomatoes and red onion, too, but it's just as good without!

2. Avocado Black Bean Dip

Ingredients:

1 can cannellini beans

1 can corn kernels

1 cup fresh salsa

1 ripe avocado

Tortilla chips


Directions: Dice avocado and rinse beans. Mix together in bowl with salsa and corn. Scoop it up with your favorite tortilla chips!

3. Italian White Bean Salad

NOT MY PICTURE but looks pretty much the same as my recipe!

1 can cannellini beans

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Dash of sea salt

Dash of Italian seasoning


Directions: Rinsed beans and mix together in bowl with onions, seasoning, oil, and vinegar!

4. Summer Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas

1/2 cucumber

2 tomatoes

1/2 red onion

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Dash of Italian seasoning

Dash of sea salt


Directions: Cut cucumber into halved slices. Quarter tomatoes. Chop onion. Rinse chickpeas. Mix together in bowl with seasoning, olive oil, and vinegar!

5. Greek Style Bean Salad

Ingredients:

1 can cannellini beans

1/4 cup dry bulgur wheat

1/2 cup diced cucumber

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup sliced black olives

1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. white wine vinegar



Directions: Prepare bulgur on stove and rinse beans. Mix together in bowl with veggies, olives, feta, and dressing!

6 Edamame Chickpea Salad

NOT MY PICTURE but looks pretty similar to my recipe

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas

1 cup shelled edamame

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup shredded carrots

1 diced yellow bell pepper

1/2 cup diced cucumber

2 tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Dash of sea salt


Directions: Rinse beans. Mix together with edamame, veggies, cranberries, olive oil, vinegar, and seeds!

7. Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Ingredients:

1 can lentils

1 can quartered artichoke hearts

1 ripe avocado

1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup diced cucumbers

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Dash of Italian seasoning

Dash of sea salt


Directions: Cut avocado into cubes and rinse beans. Mix together with veggies, artichokes, vinegar, seasoning, and oil!

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7 Philosophical Ways In Which Winnie The Pooh Understands Food

Short easy words like "what about lunch?"

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Despite being a "Bear of Little Brain," Pooh really gets food. His philosophy behind food shines through the entire Hundred Acre Wood.

Here are 7 ways this "silly ol' bear" may not be quite so silly when it comes to food.

1. A highlight of the day is food.

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?"

Pooh doesn't cut any corners with his simple love of food. To him, the highlight of a day is when he eats, what he eats, and with whom he eats it. Food is easily accessible to many of us living in the Western world, and viewing food as a source of joy gives us at the barest minimum several moments of happiness every day.

2. Food brings motivation and joy.

Routines have a comfort and an excitement in their own selves—food can be a consistent bright spot in your day. Having a routine or something you look forward to with your eating habits can make even the most stressful days positive. For Pooh it's honey. For some, it might be a piece of chocolate, or something green, or always eating breakfast. For me, it's a cup of tea.

3. Food eases loneliness.

Friends are important. And food is important. And the two can physiologically be correlated. Studies show that if a person is lonely, holding a hot cup of tea can make them feel less alone.

There will always be times in our life that we are alone, even just physically, even just for a night. Something to smile about can make the difference between being alone, and being lonely—and comfort food is comforting for a reason. When you're feeling a bit eleven o'clock ish, a bit of honey can be just the thing.

4. Food bonds people.  

"What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."

Food is embedded in our lives every day. Our eating patterns form in relation to other people and is integrally linked to social groups. Sharing food with other people is one of our oldest forms of connecting with other people and creates an instant, natural bond.

5. Food has its own spiritual power.

Milne's cognizance of the spiritual nuances behind food is easily seen in this exchange between Piglet and Pooh. This moment, so simple, speaks volumes. Piglet recognizes that food brings comfort to a distressed emotional state, and food offers support to help Pooh find himself again.

Food (or its routines, or its comfort) can help bring us to a balanced, centered, more spiritual state. Also who hasn't been hangry? It's very difficult to be zen when you're hangry.

6. Food feeds the imagination.

The internationally famous chef Anthony Bourdain viewed food as a powerful storytelling tool. Some native American cultures believe food tells you where you've come from and where you're going. It can empower you to reassert control over your own self and your own life; it reunites you with your spiritual or imaginative self. ("For Bourdain," 2018).

Milne here captures the je ne sais quoi behind food—where food has not only a physiological and emotional influence, it also has an imaginative influence as well.

7. Food exists to nourish and fill us.

We need to eat to survive, and it doesn't take a Bear of Little Brain to tell us how wonderful it is that something we need is also something we find so much delight and joy in. Pooh got how beautiful it is to enjoy a good meal--and thankfully, with a yummy snack or a home-cooked meal or a trip out to eat, you can too.

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Sugar: Destroyer Of Worlds

How getting glucose out of my life kept me from being overweight, groggy, and unhappy.

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In the ninth grade, I used to stand sideways and look in the mirror every night before I got in the shower. I saw this huge slope where my stomach sat, taunting me and making me think less of myself. I decided that action was necessary and I looked for the best possible routes with dieting and exercise. I began wrestling for my fitness, (which is a story in and of itself,) and looking for something to target in my diet.

I didn't know if there was a specific, but I kept thinking the majority of things in food were bad. I kept seeing all of these carb diets, fat diets, and enough other diets to fill up an article on their own. After doing some research on this one afternoon after practice, I walked downstairs and grabbed a Snicker's bar. They've always been my favorite, and it hit me in the face as I stood there eating it that this was the enemy that I needed to target.

Glucose is sugar. Your body needs some to function, and in the average person, that "some" is thirty-seven grams per day. It is actually pretty difficult to keep your daily sugar intake below that number due to the fact that just about everything we eat or drink has much more sugar than we realize. I ordered a smoothie recently and checked the nutrition facts afterward only to find out that it had eighty-eight grams of sugar. That is well over double what my body needed to take in. As you can imagine, I haven't been back for another.

Glucose can attack the waistline after being transferred to fat once you've taken in more than your daily allowance. Even worse, Fructose is non-existent in the natural environment, so your body doesn't know how to process it, turning all of it directly into fat. Possibly worse than all of the facts presented previously, sugar is quite possibly the least regulated addictive substance and is said to be more addictive than cocaine. So what did all of this mean to me?

I realized that I had to throw it out. The whole idea behind wrestling is to lose weight while retaining muscle so that you can wrestle in a lighter weight class while remaining strong. So, naturally, the victim in the purge of weight would have to be fat. I realized that all of my extra weight was coming from candy, soda, and other sweets, so I decided to go on a cleanse.

Only a week in, I began to notice the difference. I felt more alert, less sluggish, and better prepared to start my day and last throughout it. I didn't feel like I needed it, but the addictive qualities definitely echoed to me when I walked past a Recce's cup in the grocery store or a Coke down the soda aisle. It had a grip for sure, but I had it under control. I was dropping weight extremely quickly with the intensity of my workouts increasing and the strictness of my diet following with it, and I felt fantastic. I had lost almost forty pounds and was in the greatest shape of my life.

Why tell all of this?

Sometimes, we need help in realizing what the problem is. I wish I had found an article when I was in the eighth grade or seventh grade that really put into perspective how dangerous sugar was, but I didn't, and I began to show that I hadn't. I realized that I was in desperate need of a change, and while I still have a milkshake every now and again, I try and keep the anti-sugar regime at an all-time strong every day and constantly strive towards being better.

If you have yet to try breaking off sugar, do it. It makes a world of difference. It also takes time and patience, so don't expect to see results right away. The very famous Hugh Jackman says "seventy percent of the way you look is what you eat," and I believe there's more than truth to that statement. Find your enemy, cut it loose, and stick with your plan. You'll see results, and fast. Do it while you still can.

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